Location: Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: completed in 1996
Architect: Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini
More info: A wide access slope leads to a Hall of Expositions, which has a capacity for sixty people. Two doors lead to the viewing gallery, through which can be seen the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, and Sugarloaf Mountain. The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach. In the film “Oscar Niemeyer, an architect committed to his century”, Niemeyer is seen flying over Rio de Janeiro in a UFO which then lands on the site, suggesting this to be the origin of the museum.