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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© Daniel Malhao

Teatro Thalia

  • Original Authors:
  • Fortunato Lodi
  • (1842)

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

Originally built in 1825, the Teatro Thalia is part of the Quinta das Laranjeiras estate, which until the early 20th century was located on the outskirts of Lisbon and served the Quintela family as a country residence. The Laranjeiras Palace became a popular venue thanks to the regular festivities in its mirrored ballroom and its small theatre for 560 spectators that was commissioned by the Count of Farrobo. What came to be known as the “Laranjeiras Theatre” was, despite its small scale, one of the leading theatres in 19th century Lisbon. In 1842 Fortunato Lodi designed the façade we know today. He also designed two galleries so that the theatre could sit up to 600 persons. The theatre was destroyed in a fire in 1863, leaving it an abandoned ruin. Through their design, Gonçalo Byrne and Barbas Lopes have revitalised the theatre and given it back its meaning. It now essentially presents three phases that differ from each other by form, materiality and function: the first of these, a high volume covered in ochre-coloured concrete on the exterior and original stone revealed by the ruin on the interior; the second, the former atrium designed by Lodi delicately worked in terms of form and stone; and the third phase, a new volume in technological terms with a more flexible form that houses a new entrance.

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Estrada das Laranjeiras, 211
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Bus: 701, 726, 764
Subway: Jardim Zoológico

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