The Auditorium of Milano serves as the "house of music"ť for the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Milano. It was inaugurated in October 1999
and in just a few years became one of the most important cultural pillars of the city
The Auditorium of Milano was created by restoring the hall of the Cinema Teatro Massimo, which was designed by Alessandro Rimini in 1939 and had been closed for many years. The entrepreneur Agostino Liuni and his team restructured it by working on the project with Marzorati Studio.
The hall was designed to be a multipurpose space, suitable for many activities: symphonic, choral, chamber, and jazz concerts; digital recordings; satellite event distribution; and film projections.
The main hall can seat an audience of 1,400.
The chairs are distributed in a spoon shape at the orchestra level and into the tiered gallery that stands above the hall.
The ceiling is made of reinforced concrete reticular structures that are visible and original of their epoch, and go through the hall into the proscenium.
The particular shape that they take has been one of the most important objectives of the restructuring project.
The acoustic shell-shaped proscenium is 20 meter wide.
The excellent acoustics
of the hall were obtained by covering the top of the ceiling and the walls with pear wood panels that come to resemble sails. Each are differently curved, thick, and at a distance from the others, offering a unique opportunity for layered echoing and can serve as fixed projection screens. Projectors have been installed and can play on three screens. The peculiar acoustics have been achieved with the help of overlapping double doors that feature soundproofing built within the masonry.
On November 28th 2001, the Mayor of Milan, Gabriele Albertini, renamed square in front of the Auditorium Largo Gustav Mahler, to honor the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan's impact on the musical culture of Milan.
In 2014, ATM renamed the local tram and bus stop Largo Mahler-Auditorium.