Monday, April 5, 2010

auditorium parco della musica {1}

three giant armadillos

"The most fascinating adventure for an architect is constructing a concert hall."
~Renzo Piano

Up a gentle slope above where part of the old Olympic Village housing development used to be, stand the Rome Auditorium's three music halls; a sequence of large armadillo-like volumes of different sizes. The three "harmonic chambers" are immersed in a 50 acre green area and embrace a large theatrical cavea–an open air 3,000 seat amphitheater–which hosts many different events and seasonal activities, from outdoor performances in the summer to an ice skating rink at Christmas.

I like to come here and either hang out at the ReD cafe sitting in one of the pointy whicker pod loungers, or enjoy the sunlight with my son in the elevated playground.

I'll be posting more images of the Auditorium soon.


  1. Very interesting photographs. I like the concept of the three music halls.

  2. They do remind me of armadillos, lol!

  3. Lovely spaces. Yes, more please!

  4. I really have to see this!

  5. I think that I would like to hang out there too.

    What is the playground floor?
    Is it concrete?

    Fun place to play, but maybe not a fun place to fall.

    I love what you share here Lola.
    I hope all is well in your corner of the world.
    I hope you have enjoyed the meditation demo. It is something that I have been doing for years and I love it as it has changed my mind for the better.

    love to you and your boy xxx Robyn

  6. Amazing architecture! Even at the café.

  7. Those auditoriums are certainly unusual in shape. They do kind of look like armadillos!

  8. First time I see these gigantic armadillos. Fantastic! Very cool shot of the Red Cafe!

  9. Thank you all for your lovely comments:

    Bill~ Each music hall is built differently in order to serve the different music genres. More about this in the next "armadillo" post.

    Rosaria & VP~ I'll be posting more photos soon, I promise!

    Robyn~ the playground is paved in the usual weatherproof foam-rubber tiles used in schools and playgrounds all over the country. Soft an bouncy at each fall!

    Fredrik~ I also go to the ReD café to watch rugby matches on a big TV screen, and end up getting blissfully tipsy on beer!

    T. Becque & Saretta~ it's something in those overlapping plates... :)

    JM~ I'm glad you liked them. there's more coming soon.

  10. They do remind me of armadillos and believe me I've seen a lot of armadillos around here!

  11. Armadillos is a perfect description!

    Re the pointy chairs at the café - Teletubbies?

  12. Fabulous! It looks like a wonderful playground for children and adults.

  13. How interesting that they are shaped like armadillos. Renzo Piano is designing the new entrance to Valletta. His plan is to know down the current gate. This has not gone down too well with people since Valletta has always been a forfitied city with entrance through gates. So we'll see what the final creation will look like.

  14. i love the photo of the kids playing in the last photo.


  15. Beautiful,lovely and fantastic shots !! Amazing and great !!

  16. I'm so glad I found your site ... I love your pictures. Thank you for your obvious love of such a beautiful country and culture.

  17. Thank you for your kind comments!

    Lois~ I have always been fascinated with those strange prehistoric creatures. Is it true they jump 3ft in the air when startled by headlights?

    Louis~ Exactly! My son calls them Teletubbie tears... an art critic in the family.

    Ken Mac~ Grazie!

    Jeff~ It is indeed, I've made quite a number of friends there!

    Loree~ Initially everyone is nervous with his ideas, but then they seem to win hearts. We'll see what happens to the ancient gateway.

    Paz~ The light up there is a potent antidepressant.

    Bharat~ You are too kind!

    Shelli~ Welcome! Sit, take in the sights, browse archives, drink some wine.

  18. Amazing place! I am so glad this is in Rome... I mean... it's a cutting edge structure...the sort of thing that you may find in London, Paris or overseas...not in the old little Italy...


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