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Casa da Musica

Address: Av da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 22 012 0220
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Ranked #31 of 102 Activities in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Theaters, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Casa da Musica was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was Cultural Capital of Europe...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Theaters, Theater & Concerts, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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.

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Northern Portugal, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

If you come to Porto, you should try Casa da Musica. You can dine in a nice restaurant and watch a good concert .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The house is a fantastic architectural building that combines both arts, architecture and music. To assist a concert in this place is a fantastic experience. Fantastic sound quality and the programs are very well choosen. Not to loose.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Travelled as a young architect couple. Totally worth paying a visit AND A TOUR (there's discount for (architecture) students), there's also a great cafe on the 1st floor and on the rooftop. For some reason, there was no other people who wanted guide that day so we had him all for ourselves and he really explained it well. If you... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Casa da Música was designed by Rem Koolhaas, and was built as part of Porto's project for European Culture Capital in 2001 but was only finished in the first half of 2005 and immediately became an icon in the city. Although construction ran four years over schedule and cost roughly €100M, the building process brought new engineering challenges to create... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Even though the building looks ugly outside with all the concrete, there are some interesting architectural ideas behind the building. Take a guided tour to get to know the details with the different rooms.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Seems a little out of place, but once inside it really is great. The accustic inside the halls is amazing, as is the entire architecture

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Porto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I live in Porto and visit very often Casa da Musica to enjoy its high quality musical program. Besides the excellent acoustic quality of guilhermina suggia auditorium I get surprised everytime with koolhas architeture. This is a world class place that shoud not be missed when anyone visit Porto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I just fell in love with this amazing building. Genius (mad?) architect Rem Koolhass designed this unique concert hall. Take the guided tour!

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Porto, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It is a weird building, not well surrounded, the sound , when you listen to an orchestra, is bad ... Cannot say it is an ex libris and the Dutch architect is great, but here his work did not work (:

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Rua da Boavista and the major roundabout it begins on are interesting parts of the city of Porto, and we were told by locals to check out the Casa da Musica as part of our walk. I'm no student of architecture but a big, bland grey shape surrounded by older buildings is an eyesore. Too many beautiful urban areas are... More 

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