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“Modern and beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Casa da Musica

Casa da Musica
Av da Boavista 604-610, Porto 4149-071, Portugal
+351 22 012 0220
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Ranked #14 of 74 Attractions in Porto
Type: Architectural Buildings, Theaters & Stadiums
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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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“Modern and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

This an architectural landmark of Porto. Apart from the building and facilities, there is always some nice music to enjoy in Casa da Musica in spaces with excellent acoustical conditions...

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“Interestkng but not practical”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

This building is nice from the exterior but deceptive inside. Lots of empty corridors and not practical

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“An absolute architectural must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We went there for the building and we were stunned. Beautiful architecture, the building was open for visits, go visit all floors, you will not regret it! It's hard to explain it in words, one must see this architectural bijou in person. Very nice terrace and cafe downstairs in the shade and protected from the wind. Plenty of cultural activities for all tastes on offer.

Visited July 2012
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“Very interesting, especially if you're interested in music and/or architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We joined the guided tour (which was only in English in the afternoon) and our guide who was a student of architecture provided us with a very informative and interesting afternoon. The building has some amazing design features for sound quality as well as an area in the foyer where you can make your own music. During summer they had an impressive range of performances for varying music tastes within and outside the venue.

Visited June 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

Great restaurant in a modern Dutch designed theater.

Modern cooking great view on the terras

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