Vip room House of Music (Casa de Musica)
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Vip room House of Music (Casa de Musica)

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Casa da Música (English: House of Music) 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 with Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Arup-AFA, 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. The Building engineers were Arup (London) together with Afassociados (Porto). Inside Outside (Petra Blaisse) designed the large 13 curtains, ranging from 22mx15m to 65mx8m, and the gold leaf wood grain pattern on the large auditorium. Although the opening day concert took place on the April 14 with Clã and Lou Reed, the building was inaugurated on April 15, 2005 by the Portuguese president. The Prime-minister and many other notable politicians and Porto society were present for the concert by the Orquestra Nacional do Porto. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_da_M%C3%BAsica

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A: VIP Salon

by Willy Kaemena, 10 meters away

Casa da Musica Porto. The VIP room with direct view to the main concert hall

VIP Salon

B: Casa da Musica

by Willy Kaemena, 20 meters away

Casa da Musica Oct. 2005

Casa da Musica

C: Entrance Hall

by Willy Kaemena, 20 meters away

Entrance Hall of Casa da Musica in Porto Portugal Oct. 2005

Entrance Hall

D: Roof Terrace

by Willy Kaemena, 20 meters away

Roof terrace of the Casa da Musica in Porto Portugal Oct. 2005

Roof Terrace

E: Casa da Musica

by Willy Kaemena, 30 meters away

Porto Concert Hall

Casa da Musica

F: Cemiterio de Agramonte 1

by Sorry, 230 meters away

Cemiterio de Agramonte 1

G: Cemiterio de Agramonte

by Sorry, 250 meters away

Cemiterio de Agramonte

H: Metro Casa da Musica

by Willy Kaemena, 260 meters away

Metro Porto. Station Casa da Musica 2005

Metro Casa da Musica

I: Jardim S. Lázaro

by Francisco Alves, 600 meters away

Jardim S. Lázaro, na cidade do Porto

Jardim S. Lázaro

J: Salão-Armando

by Tiago e Nuno - rrvirtual360, 870 meters away

Salão-Armando

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