Case Studies : Casa da Musica : Porto : May 30, 2011

Wow. If anything were to re-inspire me as an architect – this is it. Sure, its starchitecture, it says look at me – i’ll take one for the team. Massive concrete rubic diamond woven through with different colours and textures. Another building that is almost impossible to navigate level for level. Getting from one place to another is certainly a journey and the wayfinding is accordingly ‘pick-a-path’ style. The font used was created by a local designer and is a alteration to helvetica. One of my favourite aspects was the exposed plasterboard behind perforated screens revealing its basic constructional paint finish as a feature. But, I won’t tell you anymore – just go there! These photos are in the order of our travels through the building.

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Casa da Musica.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Back at the entrance - again again.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space. Logo forms mirror.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre. Theatre seating indications. The best I have seen.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre. Theatre seating indications. The best I have seen.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre. Theatre seating indications. The best I have seen.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre. Theatre seating indications. The best I have seen.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre. Theatre seating indications. The best I have seen.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre. Wall decorations - gold pixelations of the wood grain.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre. Wall decorations - gold pixelations of the wood grain.
Casa da Musica. Main theatre - push signs at exits.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces.
Casa da Musica. Wall decoration. Spikey foam.
Casa da Musica. Wall decoration. Spikey foam.
Casa da Musica. Wall decoration. A traditional Portuguese pattern.
Casa da Musica. Wall decoration. A traditional Portuguese pattern.
Casa da Musica. Wall decoration. A traditional Portuguese pattern.
Casa da Musica. Educational music games.
Casa da Musica.
Casa da Musica. Wall decoration.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces. View into the theatre - this is done so that the music is truly accessible to all. People can sit up here for free.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces. Vinyl.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces. Bar.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial spaces.
Casa da Musica. VIP room - the tiles are an exchange between the blue and white styles of Portugal and the Netherlands.
Casa da Musica. VIP room.
Casa da Musica. VIP room - the tiles are an exchange between the blue and white styles of Portugal and the Netherlands.
Casa da Musica. Elevator signage engraved copper. Its a little hard to read....but...its real pretty.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Back at the entrance.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space. Exposed plaster board. Love it.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space. What is not stairs here?
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space. Through the looking glass.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space. Through the looking glass.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space. Exposed painted plasterboard under perforated, signed sheeting.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. Interstitial space.
Casa da Musica. This is a beautiful concept - inbuilt concrete signage - unfortunately the name of the halls have changed and the cafe does not exist in this location - so they are merely wall decorations.
Casa da Musica. This is a beautiful concept - inbuilt concrete signage - unfortunately the name of the halls have changed and the cafe does not exist in this location - so they are merely wall decorations.
Casa da Musica.
Casa da Musica.
Casa da Musica. Entrance foyer.
Casa da Musica. Entrance foyer.
Casa da Musica. Entrance foyer.
Casa da Musica. Entrance foyer.
Casa da Musica. Entrance foyer.
Casa da Musica. Entrance foyer.
Casa da Musica. Entrance foyer.
Casa da Musica. Entrance lobby.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics and the ever changeable logo conceptualised by Stephen Sagmeister.
Casa da Musica. Promotional graphics. This series of posters are made using photocopiers to distort the musical instruments.
Casa da Musica. Merchandise.
Casa da Musica. Media music centre.
Casa da Musica. Media music centre.
Casa da Musica. Exterior landscaping come skatepark.
Casa da Musica.
Casa da Musica. Entrance.
Casa da Musica. Exterior.
Casa da Musica. Exterior.
Casa da Musica. Exterior. Locals enjoying the building's shade.
Casa da Musica. Exterior.
Casa da Musica. Funky truck graphic.
Casa da Musica. Funky truck graphic.
Casa da Musica. Parking.
Casa da Musica. Parking.
Casa da Musica. Exterior.
Casa da Musica. Cafe entrance.
Casa da Musica. Exterior.
Casa da Musica. Landscaped seating pods.
Casa da Musica. View to the offices.
Casa da Musica. Parking.
Casa da Musica. Parking.
Casa da Musica. Parking.
Casa da Musica. Parking.
Casa da Musica. Parking.
Casa da Musica. Reflections.
Casa da Musica. Landscaped seating pods.
Casa da Musica. Ugly commercial lot under building.
Casa da Musica. Exterior.
Casa da Musica. Exterior - just a short walk down the block you cannot see the Casa.