Cidade das Artes can be seen as a large house, a great veranda above the city, homage to an archetype of Brazilian architecture.
Between the two horizontal surfaces of the roof and the terrace are set the large curved concrete walls that contain the halls in an play of full and empty spaces.
The project is a public symbol, a new landmark in the Rio area, an urban signal, floating on the plain with a large visibility. The architecture echoes the beautiful curves of the Sierra Atlantica Mountains and the line of the sea.
Arriving with the train on Ayrton Senna Avenue, Cidade das Artes appears as the front door of Barra da Tijuca.
Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Program : auditoriums, music school, rehearsal rooms, media library, movies theatres, restaurant, shops
Architects : Christian de Portzamparc
Client : City Hall of Rio de Janeiro Secretaria Municipal das Culturas
Acoustic : Xu Acoustique, Acùstica & sônica
Scenography : Changement à Vue, Solé e Associados
Lighting : LD Studio – Monica Lobo
Landscape designer : CAP, Fernando Chancel
Area : 46,000 sqm
Gross Total Area : 90,000 sqm
Completion : 2013