Porto, Portugal
Architect: Rem Koolhaas

1236 pcs special model, design Maarten van Severen

Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal, was a real tour-de-force for everyone who took part in creating it. The seats in the main auditorium are like gigantic sofas: each row is 18 metres long and has, among other things, armrests equipped with optical fibre lighting and air conditioning built into the frame.

The seats move longitudinally and the backs of the backrests are made of micro perforated aluminium plate, the acoustic properties of which were finalised at the acoustics laboratory of the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).