What to see in Oviedo
The Oviedo Auditorium, also known as the Príncipe Felipe Conference Palace, is a splendid, modern and spectacular amphitheatre that opened in April 1999. It was built on the city's old water tank, from 1846.
Designed by the famous architect Rafael Beca, the auditorium has about 4,500 square meters of floor space and almost 19,000 square meters of built area with a design allowing the main room and multipurpose room to function individually or together. Its capacity is almost 2,400 people in total.
To allow the area to expand, Beca designed the chamber room just below the multipurpose room, while a series of rooms designed for conferences and various events were designed above. The entire design was designed to maximize its space and preserve the acoustics, with the invaluable help of the Catalan physicist Higini Arau.
The auditorium has very interesting details in its finish, such as the case of water that is present as an important element of the fountains around it and the glassware. This was how Beca sought to honour, in some way, the old water tank that existed there.
Since its inauguration, congresses, events, conferences, concerts and monographic exhibitions have been held at the Oviedo Auditorium. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque musical ensemble Forma Antiqva and the annual concert for the Princess of Asturias Awards.