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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
pátio interior do Teatro Thalia onde se observam as 4 cromias da sua fachada feitaa em betão armado

Thalia Theatre

  • Original Authors:
  • Fortunato Lodi
  • (1842)

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

Expected occupation: LowExpected occupation: Low

This design turned a theatre in ruins into a multi-purpose space with a monolithic intervention that contrasts the extending mirrored glass and the yellow ochre concrete used to reconstitute the original volume. Commissioned by the Count of Farrobo in Quinta das Laranjeiras, the design of this building is the same as for the Dona Maria II Theatre, to which it is similar in its facade. In the frieze one can read, in Latin, the ironic phrase “here human customs will be punished”. In 1862 it burnt down, and was not recovered until 150 years later, with a delicate but tough approach that marks the passage of time, the destruction and reconstruction, in the matter. The ruined walls served as hidden formwork for the concrete and the interior remained almost intact. The remaining functions and infrastructures are organised into two new glass bodies facing Estrada das Laranjeiras.

Estrada das Laranjeiras, 211
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Subway: Jardim Zoológico, Laranjeiras

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