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Casa da Musica

Av da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
+351 22 012 0220
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Ranked #13 of 72 Attractions in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Theaters, Other
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Lund, Skåne Län, Sweden
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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
12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I took a guided tour (in English every day at 4 pm). The guide was a professional and also had sense on humor. She told us about the architecture and especially about the acoustics of the building and then patiently answered the questions. What she told about the acoustics was quite amazing, would have missed THE POINT without the guide!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This building by Rem Koolhaus of Holland should put the city of Porto on the world map like the Guggenheim Museum put Bilbao. It is a work of matchless originality and beauty, a location for more than 200 concerts a year. There are different performance spaces, all with natural lighting, that are uniquely designed to fit the technological requirements of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

If you have enough time in Porto go to take the tour to visit Casa Da Musica. It is a unique building with special design and ideas behind it. Something else and different in this lovely city. It is also great to enjoy a concert there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The idea of this building is fascinating and very much worth visiting. They have 2 tours a day and one must be on time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Amazing place with an architecture very unique and peculiar. The restaurant is also very good. Good food and good atmosphere. The place it is totally worth a visit.

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Wageningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We visited on a monday morning and there were no tours to see the inside. A very spectacular building from the famous Dutch architect Koolhaas. Would like to visit the interior next time

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