Casa da Música: Art’s official abode in Porto
Casa da Música hosts all sorts of music shows, theater plays, comedy performances, and workshops.
Every month, a carefully curated program brings you a rich cultural universe.
But it’s impossible not to talk about the building’s impressive architecture. Spanning almost 40,000 square meters, Casa da Música has become one of the city’s icons and major art venues.
In 1998, Porto and Rotterdam were selected as the 2001 European Culture Capitals – the perfect opportunity for an innovative project that would bring something unique to the city.
An architecture tender was launched the following year, with 26 applicants.
The chosen site was Avenida da Boavista, more precisely Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square. This meant that the project would have a significant urban impact, as it required the demolition of Porto’s derelict Trams Terminal Station.
In spite of the ensuing debate, an analysis concluded that the new building’s historic and heritage value, as well as the renovation of the area around Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square, would be much more beneficial to the city. Porto would thus have its ‘house of music’.
The winner was Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who was born in 1944 and studied architecture in London.
His project was chosen because it provided a connection between the inside and the outside of the building, which looks like a ‘jack-in-the-box’ and creates a sense of mystery.
From what was meant to be a villa of about 200 m2, Koolhaas created a building of approximately 38,000 m2.
Casa da Música was officially opened in 2005 and immediately became a contemporary architecture icon, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Ranging from classical music to cutting edge urban trends, the dynamic and innovative programming benefits from the four resident groups: Symphony Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Baroque Orchestra, and Choir.
Auditorium Casa da Música. Photo: Press Release
Guided tours of Casa da Música
Guided tours take place every day in Portuguese and English, at 11 am and 4 pm. Price per person is €7.50, and children up to 12 do not pay if accompanied by a ticket-paying adult.
Opening hours and programming:
Casa da Música is open Monday through Saturday from 9.30 am to 7 pm. On Sundays and Holidays, it is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
The program can be found on the website www.casadamusica.com
If you’re coming to Porto for a concert, why not stop by Yours Bistrô for dinner?
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