Cidade das Artes

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Cidade das Artes
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Cidade da Música in Rio de Janeiro, 2009.
General information
Type Concert hall
Architectural style Contemporary architecture
Location Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Current tenants Brazilian Symphony Orchestra
Construction started 2003
Completed 2012
Inaugurated 2013
Cost US$ 300 million (approx.)[1]
Owner City of Rio de Janeiro
Technical details
Floor area 90,000m²
Design and construction
Architect Christian de Portzamparc

The Cidade das Artes (City of Arts) is a cultural complex located in Barra da Tijuca in the Southwest Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was originally planned to open in 2004, with the name of City of Music (Cidade da Música). The formal inauguration was in January 2013, with the musical, "Rock in Rio".[2]

The project's R$515 million (approx. US$250 million) to the city of Rio caused much controversy was originally budgeted at R$86 million.

As the new home of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazilian Symphony Orchestra) and a main center for music, the Cidade das Artes is the largest modern concert hall in South America, with 1,780 seats. The complex spans approximately 90 thousand square metres and also features a chamber music hall, three theatres, and 12 rehearsal rooms. The terrace offers panoramic views of the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca.

The building was designed by the French architect Christian de Portzamparc and construction was funded by the city of Rio de Janeiro.


Coordinates: 22°59′56″S 43°21′58″W / 22.999°S 43.366°W / -22.999; -43.366