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Casa da Musica

Av da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
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Ranked #13 of 70 attractions in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Casa da Musica was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was Cultural Capital of Europe, and it is the first new building in Portugal to be... more » Owner description: Casa da Musica was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was Cultural Capital of Europe, and it is the first new building in Portugal to be entirely dedicated to music - to the presentation and public enjoyment of music, to music education and to the creation of music. The project took shape in 1999 after the Rem Koolhaas & Ellen van Loon - Office for Metropolitan Architecture won the international architectural competition. Work began in 1999 on the site of Porto's former central tram garage on the Rotunda da Boavista, and Casa da Musica opened its doors to the public on April 15th , 2005. Casa da Musica was planned as a home for all types of music and it is not only part of the urban redevelopment of Porto but also part of a network of cultural facilities, for the city of Porto and for the wider world. Underlying it is an innovative and wide-ranging cultural project, which aims to make an exciting contribution to the national and international music scene, as an arena for all types of musical events - from classical music to jazz, from fado to electronic music, from great international productions to more experimental projects. Besides concerts, recitals and other types of performance, Casa da Musica also organises events for musicians and musicologists and invests in research into the origins of Portuguese music. In addition, it plays a very important role in music education. It is a cultural meeting point between music and other areas of artistic creation and knowledge, providing a space for all kinds of audiences and creators. « less
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La Rochelle, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We expected a lot in this place. Been to this building in the afternoon a day of August. To our surprise, the staffs there told us that it's not possible to wander around like free travellers. Visitors must be accompanied by a tour guy. So our visit was limited at the first floor (souvenir shop) C'mon! From the outside, it's... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I am glad I came here just to see the shape of the magnificent building! It really is very modern and unusual looking, a cotrast of ugly and concrete whoch somehow looks beautiful.

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Linz, Austria
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162 reviews 162 reviews
40 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our visit to "Casa da Musica" was very disappointing, since they only have guided tours at 11 am and 16 pm, and it is not possible to visit the "casa" without the guided tour. Since we got there by 11:45 we did not want to wait until 16.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very modern looking building outside but it was close not able to see inside. Very close to the metro.

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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

'A Casa da Música" is a major concert hall space in Porto, Portugal which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Its unique only if you are a fan of Rem Koolhaas - Dutch Architect 's work. Rather disappointed as the restaurant at the top floor was closed on Sunday! Be sure to visit on weekdays!

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We came back here for a concert recently and found this just as good as previously. The building is certainly interesting, and it's fun to walk around it and explore - certainly not your average public space! Both concerts were great and moderately well priced. We feared there'd be no seats left, but it turns out that the big hall... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Having been a huge admirer of the architect Rem Koolhaas - was there last week for concert. Great vibe - enjoyed inside then outside. A must for the archi-geek.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Having visited many buildings like this around the world built by Gehry, Haddad,etc., I always wonder how they justify their creations in regard to where they are sited. Somehow for me, this place does not fit its place or Porto for that matter. I understand everyone wants a Bilbao icon,but a lot of these look lost. We took the tour... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This hall is a trip. The architecture inside and out will have you questioning vision and purpose while simultaneously having you wonder at the creation of such an ingenious performance space. The tour was well paced and informative with a bit of port at the end, of course. I'm still deciding whether I think the building is a success or... More

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