The inauguration of Rome’s new concert halls, the Auditorium Parco della Musica, was a meaningful event for the city as it was the first modern building to be constructed after fifty years. The last significant project had been the EUR quarter.
Designed by Renzo Piano, the auditorium consists of three concert halls arranged in a fan-shaped layout around an open-air theatre.
Their shape and surface draw from nature, as they resemble the shells of insects.
The Sala Santa Cecilia is the largest hall and has superb acoustics.
Its ceiling is an absolute conceptual innovation. It is made up of 26 cherry-wood shells, each measuring about 180 square metres.
The parterre and the galleries are also wood clad, ensuring excellent acoustics.
The Sala Sinopoli was designed for chamber music and its interior and exterior walls are faced with the typical Roman brick. The Sala Petrassi is instead a multifunctional space ideal for hosting a variety of shows.
The Parco della Musica is home to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, which is responsible for the classical music program. An ample events calendar of other musical performances, from jazz to pop, is curated by the Fondazione Musica per Roma.
The Auditorium is also the venue of The Internation Film Festival of Rome as well as a host of other festivals.