Cidade Das Artes
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.
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.
City Hall of Rio de Janeiro
Secretaria Municipal das Culturas
Xu Acoustique – Xu Ya Ying (France)
Acùstica & sônica – Ze Augusto Nepomucen (Brazil)
Changement à Vue – Jacques Dubreuil (France)
Solé e Associados – Ismael Geraldo Acunha Solé (Brazil)
LD Studio – Monica Lobo
CAP, Fernando Chancel
46,000 sq.m. / Gross Total Area: 90,000 sq.m.