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Casa da Musica

Av da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
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Ranked #13 of 65 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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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

'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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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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chicago
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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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Boston
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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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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

It's an unusual futuristic building in Oporto and the concerts are fine but the whole place is mostly emply, sad and lacks feeling.

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Vila do Conde, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a modern concert hall. It was made when Porto was the European Capital of Culture. I've only been there for music concerts and it was always great.

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Antigua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

WOW! this building will take your breath away inside - especially if you are in the performing arts or an architect. The angles, steel & concrete, wood cladding, huge amounts of natural light, comfortable seats with heaps of leg-room and charming staff all make for a MUST-DO experience.

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Luanda, Angola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The House of Music is the main place in Porto to go either for classic music or for any other type of music. Most of fridays at 9 pm you can listen the Symphonic Orchestra of Porto performing any of the main compositors symphonies. The architecture is from the Dutch Architect Rem Koollhas. It is a place to visit.

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