Contemporary Art Museum, NITERÓI (RJ)
From a distance, it appears that a flying saucer had landed at the margin of the Guanabara Bay, in Niterói. According to some – unverified – sources, it was indeed the sight of a UFO, which inspired Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer to design this particular shape of the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Museu de Arte Contemporânea) in Niterói. He later explained that it was just easy to design this project, when he was overseeing the Guanabara Bay with the mountains at the background. With the round-shaped museum, he tried to preserve the uniqueness of the landscape. The construction started in 1991, and was inaugurated in 1996. The structure of the museum, which has a diameter of 50 meters, is supported by a column with a diameter of 9 meters. The complex is 16 meters high. The museum is reflected in a pool that surrounds the cylindrical base. A meandering access slope of almost 100 meters leads to the entrance of the exposition hall. The museum is now a landmark in Niterói, and is considered as one of the masterpieces of Oscar Niemeyer, who died on 5 December 2012, at the age of 104.
The original picture was taken in October 2007.
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