Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer


Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

Photographer Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre has sent us his photos of the Centro Niemeyer by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, which opens tomorrow in Avilés, Spain.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

An auditorium for 1000 spectators spills onto a public plaza, which also contains a viewing tower and three-storey dome-shaped museum.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

A spiral staircase inside the museum leads to a mezzanine where light and sound installations will be on show for the inaugural exhibition, featuring work by film director Carlo Saura.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

A separate building houses a cinema, rehearsal rooms, meeting areas and conference halls.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

Photographs are by Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre/View.

The information below is from the Centro Cultural Internacional:

In 1989, the now one hundred year old Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, was awarded the Prince of Asturias of the Arts Award. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Awards in 2006, the Prince of Asturias Foundation (FPA) invited all the award winners to participate in the celebrations.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

"I am an architect and, as such, what I do is design buildings and that is just what I am going to do; design a building." And so, on a blank piece of paper, Oscar Niemeyer began sketching curves, a skill in which he excels. With this, Niemeyer offered one of the best possible gifts ever.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

Those first sketches, drawn with a thick black marker, formed the foundations of an ambitious cultural project which will be housed in what Niemeyer himself has called his most important project in Europe and his only project in Spain.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer


The Niemeyer Center is an open door to culture in all its shapes, forms, traditions and styles. Music, theatre, cinema, expositions, conferences and outdoor and educational news will be the main focus of a multidisciplinary cultural programme of which the only common denominator is excellence.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

The Niemeyer Center was created to attract talent, knowledge and creativity. From this point of view, not only will it be a gateway to the best of the world's culture, but also a producer of contents. Since the celebration of the First World Forum of Cultural Centres in Avilés the Niemeyer Center has worked in connection with some of the most prestigious cultural centres throughout the world, such as the Carnegie Hall, the Old Vic Theatre and Cannes Film Festival, among others.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

Facilities and Spaces The Niemeyer Center is the only piece of work created by Oscar Niemeyer to be built in Spain and, in his own words, it will be the most important of all his European designs.

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

Driven by the same healthy ambition, the Niemeyer Center aims to become an international reference point in the production of cultural content; a space associated with excellence dedicated to education and culture. In order to accomplish this, the cultural complex will consist of five areas which are both separate yet complementary to each other:

  • An auditorium with capacity for 1,000 spectators.
  • An almost 4,000 square meter open-plan exhibition site.
  • Viewing point over the estuary and the city.
  • Multi-use building that will house a cinema, rehearsal areas and meeting and conference halls.
  • An open square, where entertainment and cultural activities will be programmed on a continuous basis, which will form a point of union between the Center and the city.

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Posted on Thursday March 24th 2011 at 5:52 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Zee man

    All class.

  • 奥斯卡·尼迈耶最新力作,有一架飞碟降临地球,2102真的要来了……

  • tania

    a bit out dated

  • Nyemeyer is 103 years old now. :)

  • lemi

    they dont make them (architects)like that anymore, despite the technoligy and benefit of hindsight. God bless him. All the 'cleverness' of contemporary architects dont stand a chance next to Oscar's intelligence and discipline.

  • kkhor

    waste of money, a young architect could have used the chance!!!

  • jos

    seeing the beauty of this makes me realise: Deep inside we're all modernists.

  • silvio

    more of the same, always the same.

  • ' Just love the simplicity of the colors and shapes….

  • goose 2

    Glazing looks really cheap

  • bgb

    very outdated (and ugly). almost like a soviet vision of modernism.
    it simply shows that niemeyer has had better days and should retire.
    just imagine what any other architect would do there.

    • archirix

      architecture is about light, shadow, functions an atmosphere.
      there is no "outdated" about real architecture…
      thats what differs architecture from fashion design…

  • I love Niemeyer, he's work is remarcable but this project….. is uninteresting.

  • tan

    it would probably look better in 1993

  • Cubasur

    103 but horny as ever. The egg yolk and the reclining nude – Niemeyer has outdone himself here :)

  • Lucas Melo

    I love Niemeyer, i live in Brasília so i have too haha… but this work is like others said, "more of the same" the museum is exacly like the new Nacional Museum of Brasília, i think that after the conclusion of "flor do cerrado"l, a extremely beautiful Tv tower. niemeyer's projects will die.

  • Edgar Navarro design

    I think its really cool, elegant and classy. Nothing related to pretentious shapes, this building is a tribute and more of that a recognition that an architect like him could still make projects like this. RIP