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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© Daniel Malhao

Thalia Theatre

  • Original Authors:
  • Fortunato Lodi
  • (1842)

  • Interventions:
  • Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos ,
  • Barbas Lopes Arquitectos
  • (2012)

The Count of Farrobo had this theatre built in Quinta das Laranjeiras, where the Lisbon Zoo is located today. It was destroyed by fire in 1862 and was renovated as a multipurpose space. The similarity to the D. Maria II National Theatre in the composition and proportions of the façade reflects the coincidence in authorship. The inscription on the frieze of the main façade, “Hic Mores Hominum Castigantur”, i.e. “Here, the customs of men shall be punished,” was placed again, and the peristyle and marble sphinxes were restored. The ruined walls were used as disposable formwork for the application of concrete. The interior remained intact and the volumes of the theatre stalls and stage were reconstructed. The remaining functions and infrastructure of the plan were organised in two bodies that close the courtyard and provide a new front to Estrada das Laranjeiras. The material quality of the project is made of contrasts between the concrete’s grain and pigment and the reflections and colour of the glass panels.

Estrada das Laranjeiras, 211
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