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Location: Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date: completed in 1996

Architect: Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini

Purpose: museum

Rating: (328 votes, average: 3.59 out of 5)

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.

(Image credits: 1: Rafael Lopes – Dillbert, 2,3: Rodrigo_Soldon, 4: nicolasnova )

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3 Responses to “Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)”

  1. Adriana
    29 July 2010 at 1:51 am #

    I LOVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Gustavo Duarte
    16 November 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    It’s not true that Niemeyer inspired in an UFO to project these building. His inspirations was a flawer…

    Gustavo
    Brasil

  3. Renato Barreto (Brazil)
    17 November 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Nice… Good to see my city and country here.
    That museum is really very beautiful!!!