Building Name – Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre
Location – Avilés, Spain
Architect – Oscar Niemeyer
Project Year – 26 March 2011
- The Niemeyer Centre is formed by five main elements that complement each other:
- The open square is a large open outdoor space for cultural activities. It reflects the Oscar Niemeyer’s idea of a place open to humankind.
- The auditorium contains around 1000 seats for concerts, theatre, and conferences. Its peculiarity is not having distinction between social classes. It includes the Club, a small space for small concerts, and an exhibition room in the foyer.
- The dome is the exhibitions building.
- The tower is a sight-seeing tower, restaurant and cocktail lounge.
- The multi-purpose building contains the film centre, meeting-rooms, cafe, shop, and information point.
- The main features in Oscar Niemeyer’s work are the curves. The colours are also features: mainly white, red, yellow and blue.
- The material used were mainly concrete and glass.
- Central to the complex is a three-storey, 50-foot concrete dome anchoring a monumental public square.
- The Museum’s exterior was created in just one day by pumping concrete onto a PVC inflatable mould.
- A mezzanine accessed via a striking red, spiraling stairwell suggests that light and sound installations may be set off here quite explosively.
- The Amphitheatre, noted for embodying the most complex, irregular curve among the new structures, will seat 1000 and opens onto the public square.
- Given demand and occasion, audiences will get a pretty clear view of the stage from both inside and outside.
- A wide slope, slowly turning up from the ground at the entrance comes back toward the earth at nearly a right angle.
- A great yellow swash amplifies Niemeyer’s touch for a vibrant, sensual (rather than purely rationalist, functional) modernism. Acoustics also promise excellence.