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Casa da MÚsica

OMA Rem Koolhaas

Europa | Porto

The Casa da Música, OMA’s new concert hall in Porto - a facetted concrete structure who’s construction costs amounted to 75 million euro - opened on 14 April 2005 on the Rotunda da Boavista, a round square to the west, not far from the centre. On that day, no less than twenty six performances by singers and musicians across the entire musical spectrum could be witnessed, using all the spaces in the 22.000 m2 building – its 1.200 and 350 seater auditoria, teaching spaces, cyber music and multimedia production area, rehearsal and workshop spaces, restaurant, bars and shops.
Epic, adventurous and sensuously at ease with itself at the same time, the design actually evolved from a concept for a house. Won in competition in July 1999 after which followed lengthy negotiations with the City Council, the chief shareholder of the Casa along with Porto 2001, an organisation creating new...

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