House of Music is the main concert hall of Porto, Portugal.
It was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, as part of the event Oporto European Capital of Culture in 2001 (Porto 2001), however, the construction was completed only in 2005, immediately becoming an icon of the city.
Although the opening day of the concert took place on the 14th with the Clan and Lou Reed space was inaugurated on April 15, 2005, by President Jorge Sampaio. The prime minister, politicians and society do Porto were present for the concert given by the National Orchestra of Porto.
The House of Music was built with the Albuquerque Mouzinho Square. The place where the current building was constructed was previously used for the collection and repair of electric cars circulating the city of Porto.
The initial estimated cost for the building, excluding the value of land, was 33 million, ultimately cost 111.2 million euros and getting completed four years after the scheduled starting time.
In July 1999, when pulled the preparatory work, the official goal was still that the House of Music opened its doors in December 2001, in time to coincide with the end of the European Capital of Culture. It turned out to be inaugurated in April 2005, but the works were not fully closed in May next year.
The building has brought new challenges to engineering in order to achieve the unique geometric shape that is the building. The engineering works were in charge of Ove Arup companies in London together with Afassociados in Porto.