Auditorium Parco della Musica--page 1 (of 5 pages)

Renzo Piano (Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

The fan shaped plan--from a sign at the site

The Parco della Musica is a large multi-function public music complex to the north of Rome--in the area where the 1960 Olympics had been staged. (See, for example, Nervi's Palazzetto dello Sport.) Three large concert halls are structurally separated to insure soundproofing, though joined at the base by a continuous lobby. A fourth concert hall is the open air theater recalling Greco-Roman theaters. The fan shaped layout is formed around the central piazza. The blobs, beetles, scarabs, turtles, insect carapaces, computer mice--all are names given to these structures with thin red Roman brick and weighty dramatic lead roofs.

The three "music boxes" (as Piano calls them) left to right: Sala Santa Cecilia (east), Sala Sinopoli (south), and Sala Petrassi (west) peering above the bookstore and cafe


The largest hall, Santa Cecilia

This 2800 seat concert hall is intended for symphony concerts, composed of large orchestras and/or choirs.

The medium-sized hall, Sala Sinopoli

This 1200 seat hall was designed for flexibility with an adjustable stage and seating.

Sala Petrassi, the smallest hall

With 700 seats, this hall was designed for chamber music or baroque concerts, theatrical performances, and operas.

Continue to page 2 for additional views.

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