NIEMEYER IN NITEROI

In Japan, I refrained masterfully from any 'architectural tourism'. We saw a lot, but I did not drag the family out of town to see this or that absolutely-must-see building. Maybe on another trip.

So I completely gave myself permission to go to Niteroi today to see the uber funky, iconic Contemporary Art Museum by Oscar Niemeyer. 

 

The setting is epic - it sits on a cliff across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. (That is the Sugar Loaf mountain in the background).

The setting is epic - it sits on a cliff across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. (That is the Sugar Loaf mountain in the background).

I love this photo. 

I love this photo. 

Happy tourist family for Canada. Lili kept thinking how great the ramps would be for her waveboard! 

Happy tourist family for Canada. Lili kept thinking how great the ramps would be for her waveboard! 

Oh yeah. 

Oh yeah. 

We had a lovely and well respected professor for Design of Public Buildings at university. He often said: 'It is good practice for every architect to design a perfectly round building once. And it would be best for everyone if you did that while at school.'

We had a lovely and well respected professor for Design of Public Buildings at university. He often said: 'It is good practice for every architect to design a perfectly round building once. And it would be best for everyone if you did that while at school.'

Lili with a 'museum-hat'. This is a silly game we have - photographing buildings on our heads. You may remember similar images of the Matrimandir in India... 

Lili with a 'museum-hat'. This is a silly game we have - photographing buildings on our heads. You may remember similar images of the Matrimandir in India... 

Lili's picture of me.  

Lili's picture of me.  

Lili at a Niemeyer staircase. 

Lili at a Niemeyer staircase. 

This building is so refreshing, with clean lines and a great majestic entry sequence with the ramps. The galleries are simple and let the art talk. We had a great day.