Cidade da Musica
Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
Barra de Tijuca is a new town in Rio de Janeiro's southern outskirts. It is a long plain that lacks strong architectural events and urban marks. The Cidade da Musica, situated in the center of two crossing highways imagined by Lucio Costa, will be the heart of the new town.
The Cidade da Musica is placed on a vast public terrace, ten meters above a garden designed by Fernando Chacel, that gives access to all concert rooms, movie theaters, rehearsal rooms, restaurant, library, shops, and the headquarter of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra.
Between the two horizontal plates of the roof and the terrace the shapes of the concert rooms are set in an interplay of volumes and voids. Hollows between the blocks allows one to look through the building. Seen as a large house on stilts, a great veranda above a garden with ponds, shade and trees, the Cidade da Musica is also an homage to an archetype of Brazilian architecture.
The project is an urban signal, a public symbol floating on the plain with a large visibility. The architecture also responds to the mountain curves of the Siera Atlantica and the line of the sea, guaranteed to be a major landmark of the greater Rio.
Facts about Cidade da Musica
46,000 m2 / 968,760 ft2
L.A. Rangel Arquitetos
Acoustics in France:
XU Acoustique, Xu Ya Ying
Acoustics in Brazil:
Acùstica & sônica
Scenography in France:
Changement à Vue
Scenography in Brazil:
Solé e Associados
CAP, Fernando Chancel
The program includes:
Philharmonic Hall seating 1800,
transformable into an Opera Hall seating 1300.
Chambre Music Room seating 500
Electroacoustic seating 180
Headquarters of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra
Two movie theaters seating 150
One movie theater seating 300
Restaurant, shops, administration offices, technical spaces and parking lots.
City Hall of Rio de Janeiro Secretaria
Municipal das Culturas
Last updated: November 23, 2012