Parco della Musica

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Auditorium Parco della Musica
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma, terrazza in rosso.jpg
View of terrace outside the venue (c.2016)
AddressVia Pietro de Coubertin, 30
00196 Rome, Italy
OwnerComune di Roma
Capacity2,744 (Santa Cecilia hall)
2,707 (Outdoor theater)
1,133 (Sinopoli hall)
661 (Petrassi hall)
304 (Studio Borgna theater)
Broke ground15 January 1995 (1995-01-15)
Opened21 April 2002 (2002-04-21)
ArchitectRPBW Architects
Structural engineerStudio Vitone & Associati
Services engineerManens Intertecnica
General contractorTechint
Venue Website
Building details
General information
Inaugurated21 December 2002 (2002-12-21)
Design and construction
DeveloperDrees & Sommer
Other designers
Quantity surveyorDavis Langdon

Parco della Musica is a public music complex in Rome, Italy, with three concert halls and an outdoor theater in a park setting. It was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.[1] Jürgen Reinhold of Müller-BBM was in charge of acoustics for the halls; Franco Zagari was landscape architect for the outdoor spaces. Parco della Musica lies where the 1960 Summer Olympic Games were held, somewhat north of Rome's ancient center, and is home to most of the facilities of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

The halls are: Sala Santa Cecilia, with about 2800 seats; Sala Sinopoli, in memory of conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli, seating about 1200 people; and Sala Petrassi, in memory of Goffredo Petrassi, with 700 seats. Structurally separated for sound-proofing, they are nonetheless joined at the base by a continuous lobby. Their outer architectural form has led to nicknames such as “the blobs,” “the beetles,” “the turtles” and “the computer mouses”.[1]) The outdoor theater, called the Cavea, recalls ancient Greek or Roman performance spaces[1] and is fan-shaped around a central piazza.

The ruins of a Roman villa inside the park

During construction, excavations uncovered the foundations of a villa and an oil-press dating from the sixth century BC. Renzo Piano then adjusted his design scheme to accommodate the archaeological remains and included a small museum to house artifacts discovered, delaying the project's completion by a year.[1] Parco della Musica was inaugurated on 21 December 2002. Within a few years it became Europe's most-visited music facility.[2] In 2014, it had over two million visitors, making it the second-most-visited cultural music venue in the world, after Lincoln Center in New York.


  1. ^ a b c d Slessor, Catherine (May 2003). "Urban orchestration". The Architectural Review. 213 (1275): 64.
  2. ^ Il Messaggero, May 24th, 2011

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Coordinates: 41°55′45″N 12°28′28″E / 41.929075°N 12.474557°E / 41.929075; 12.474557