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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)

Built by the Count of Farrobo in Quinta das Laranjeiras, where you can now find the Zoological Garden, Teatro Thalia burned down in 1862, and 150 years after that incident it was reborn as a multi-purpose space. The similarities with Teatro Nacional D. Maria II regarding the composition and proportions of the facade reveal their same authorship. The inscription on the main facade’s frieze, hic mores hominum castigantur (“here shall the customs of men be punished”) was restored, along with the peristyle and the marble sphinxes. In what concerns the facings in ruins, these worked as lost formwork for the application of concrete. The interior space of the theatre remained intact, but both stalls and stage areas had to be reconstituted. The remaining functions and infrastructures included in the programme are organised essentially in two volumes which conceal the courtyard and at the same time open a new frontage onto Estrada das Laranjeiras. The project’s presence shows contrasts between the concrete grain/pigment and the reflections/colour of the glass panels.

Estrada das Laranjeiras, 211
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