Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome - designed by Renzo Piano
The Parco della Musica is a large multi-function public music complex to the north of Rome--in the area where the 1960 Olympics had been staged. Three large concert halls are structurally separated to insure soundproofing, though joined at the base by a continuous lobby. A fourth concert hall is the open air theater recalling Greco-Roman theaters. The fan shaped layout is formed around the central piazza. The blobs, beetles, scarabs, turtles, insect carapaces, computer mice--all are names given to these structures with thin red Roman brick and weighty dramatic lead roofs.