Cidade Das Artes

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro 2002 › 2013

Press release

 

The Cidade das Artes is situated between the sea and the mountains, at the center of fourteen kilometers of plain, on which a new and major district of Rio de Janeiro has been built – Barra da Tijuca. The landscape, deprived of strong urban landmarks and public spaces, is marked by a succession of closed spaces with residences and offices on one side of a straight expressway, which is lined on the other side by shopping centers. There are no streets, no urban landmarks, no public symbols. That’s why the Town Hall wanted to build an arts complex there as a public space – part-commercial and part-administrative.
The project is very much a public symbol, a new landmark in the greater Rio area, an urban signal, floating on the plain and highly visible.
The site is a central space at an interchange between two highways that cross the district, designed by Lucio Costa. Here, the Cidade das Artes will be at the very heart of the new city.

The building is a small, raised city organized around a terrace ten meters above ground, floating upon a public park – a tropical, aquatic garden designed by Fernando Chacel. This terrace is a public space; it is a gathering point that gives access to all of the facilities, where you feel like you’re in Rio’s great landscape, with a view of the sea, the lakes, and the dancing line of the mountains. There, the Cidade das Artes brings together a wide variety of spaces: a concert hall, which is unique anywhere in the world because it can be converted into an opera house and a theatre, a performance space for chamber music and popular music, movie theatres, dance studios, numerous rehearsal rooms, exhibition spaces, restaurants, and a media library.

The Cidade das Artes resembles a large house, a great veranda above the city – a tribute to an archetype of Brazilian architecture. Between the two horizontal plates of the roof and the terrace are set the large curved concrete walls that contain the halls in an interplay of volumes and voids. This is another version of the open block – hollow but made out of assembled layers.
The architecture frames and echoes the beautiful curves of the Siera Atlantica Mountains and the line of the sea. For train travelers arriving from the north zone, it will form the entry point to Barra da Tijuca on Ayrton Senna Avenue.

Program

Cultural equipment: Philharmonic Hall (1,800 seats) transformable into an Opera Hall (1,300 seats), Chamber Music Hall (500 seats), electroacoustic room (180 seats), headquarters of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, music school, 10 rehearsal rooms, media library, 3 movies theaters, restaurant, shops, administration offices, technical spaces and parking lots.

Client

City Hall of Rio de Janeiro
Secretaria Municipal das Culturas

Acoustics

Xu Acoustique – Xu Ya Ying (France)
Acùstica & sônica – Ze Augusto Nepomucen (Brazil)

Scenography

Changement à Vue – Jacques Dubreuil (France)
Solé e Associados – Ismael Geraldo Acunha Solé (Brazil)

Lighting

LD Studio – Monica Lobo

Landscape designer

CAP, Fernando Chancel

Surface

46,000 sq.m. / Gross Total Area: 90,000 sq.m.