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#i❤auditorium – Discovering contemporary architecture

An exclusive event to discover the beauty and the secrets of Auditorium – Parco della Musica in Rome before the official opening time, while it is still sleeping. With an exceptional team: Visit Lazio, A Day in Rome, Instagramers Roma.

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A day to discover, learn about it, take pictures and sharing the beauty, the charm, the hidden corners and unusual perspectives that only the great artworks can offer. Because it is an exceptional place, and we’re talking about it.



It would be “easy” to plan a music room that was only functional. But the project was entrusted to Renzo Piano, and in 1993 he took up the challenge of creating a city of music and art. The result of collaboration between architects, musicians, acoustic and sound experts is a place dedicated to music, so perfect in its versatility.



Three music halls with different sizes and different acoustic performance; testing and recording studios rooms, shops, restaurants and bars, exhibition halls, conference rooms, a library, two museums, laboratories. All these places are arranged around the auditorium called with the latin name cavea, that connects them all, and is a fourth outdoors space for summer concerts.

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But this is a challenge, and need unexpected events to make something great: during the works, the remains of a Roman villa were found in at least three archaeological layers, and it became necessary to make substantial changes to the project. And it is ironic that the Roman Age remains were found in the area where a large architectural project involved the massive use of the same materials and elements that characterized the Roman architecture: bricks cover the vertical surfaces, travertine covers the steps of auditorium and revenue, lead in the outer covering of the concert hall. And if you look in the semicircular space of the auditorium/cavea, it turns to those of Roman theaters. The square, space-no-space of Roman life. The link with the city comes out strengthened.


In a small archeological museum are keep the remains found there, in a setting that enhances the continuity of the spaces in a game osmotic relationship between the archaeological site, the hallway that connects the interior spaces and the museum rooms. An area of wide-ranging and very light, where the teaching materials (plastics, and signage) tell us a long story, from the Republican up to two thousands.


Three banked concert halls, quickly became an icon of the urban landscape. In 2000s it was changing very quickly, and theis addiction of new spaces characterized by the modernity, in an area that only forty years earlier has been affected by magnificent urban interventions, gave it a new face. A semi-circular foyer for the three halls is parallel to the steps of the cavea. The music halls, each with a different acoustical and functional purpose, are able to cover all musical needs. The inner ceilings made in American cherry wood panels with exceptional structural features provide a unique sound.


Since opening in 2002 the Auditorium revolutionized the music cultural and scene in Rome, quickly becoming an internationally attractive place, and home of wide-ranging cultural festivals: concerts, meetings, events, exhibitions, conferences, workshops. The new executive chief of the foundation Musica per Roma José Ramon Dosal Noriega has great ideas about the future of the Auditorium: opening to young people and new technologies, to external influences, to all artistic languages. Great projects for the future.

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