The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói mostly known as MAC) it was completed in 1996, is situated in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of the city’s main landmarks.
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini.
The MAC-Niterói is 16 meters high; it's cupola has a diameter of 50 meters with three floors. The museum projects itself over Boa Viagem (“Bon Voyage,” “Good Journey”), the 817 square metres reflecting pool that surrounds the cylindrical base “like a flower,” in the words of Niemeyer.
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.
The design of both interior and exterior are very impressive and way ahead of its time and the surroundings offer magnificent views to the Guanabara Bay.
partial info taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Critiques | Translate
serp2000 (41876) 2014-07-18 5:02
How are you? Are you backing to the States?
Fantastic or futuristic style of the building, very nice soft colors, this pink construction looks like a Photoshop application on the photo ;)
jhm (143429) 2014-07-18 5:22
An impressive building, almost a big mushroom.
The long stairway is a nice addition and makes your picture more interesting.
But your picture is very well with depth and perspective taken, this is more important.
Very well composition, excellent presentation.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Mesut09 (378) 2014-07-18 5:45
Hello my friend. the museum seems like flying saucer. İt is very
nice and interesting museum. people are happy on the balcony of museum.
mohammad_H (9726) 2014-07-18 6:26
Beautiful views of the museum building, structure, interesting and eye-catching Beautiful beach with attractive Architectural Museum Good quality picture and crystal clear Enjoy the ride
danos (89855) 2014-07-18 8:03
Ελένη γεια σου,
πολύ εντυπωσιακό το MAC με το αρχιτεκτινικό του σχέδιο να μοιάζει με ιπτάμενο δίσκο.Παγματικά πρέπει να είναι ένα από τα στολίδια της πόλης με πολύ κόσμο να το επισκέπτεται.Το απογευματινό γλυκό φως το κάνει ακόμα πιό ενδιαφέρον και αναδεικνύει τις λεπτομέρειές του.
asajernigan (21400) 2014-07-18 9:34
This looks like something out of an old sifi movie!
Your composition is fine with the winding ramp leading the eye to the mushroom shaped building. The people add life and a sense of scale to the scene. The lighting is fine and the photo has nice sharpness and color.
jemaflor (88737) 2014-07-18 9:41
Une architecture intéressante bien prise avec ce premier plan,la luminosité donne des teintes chaudes et les personnes animent la vue.
cornejo (35091) 2014-07-18 10:42
Hola Eleni, estupenda foto de este interesante edificio moderno, muy bien captada en este buen encuadre, con buena nitidez bonita luz y calidad, muy buen y bonito trabajo perfectamente realizado, mis felicitaciones amiga mía.
Buena tarde y feliz fin de semana.
Un cordial abrazo.
pajaran (54516) 2014-07-18 11:05
Interesantan tekst o muzeju sa opisom, lep pogled na mesto i trenutak sa turistima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana arhitektura i posetioci.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the museum with a description, a nice view of the place and the moment with tourists ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful architecture shown and visitors.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Royaldevon (32993) 2014-07-18 14:12
This is a very modern building!
It looks like a space station which is very apt for something as forward thinking as contemporary art. I like how you have insinuated the stairway, in the f/g, and then find it leading right into the building.
A really bright and detailed shot.
Have a lovely w/e,
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2014-07-19 1:44
I have to admit, I have been looking and looking at this image for a long time, it is a fascinating view of this building. The architecture combined with the colors and presentation makes this look like a vision of the future but a vision of people saw the future in the seventies. Something very old world about it, and it's a top class photo that I would expect to see in an old edition of an architectural magazine. I have no idea how you created this effect but it is really wonderful, I love this shot!
Sergiom (66163) 2014-07-19 5:41
On croirait presque voir une soucoupe volante. Quelle belle architecture futuriste sous une lumière très théâtrale qui laisse pantois. J'aime beaucoup la pureté des formes.
photoray (13408) 2014-07-19 5:52
A fine view of Niemeyer's masterpiece, including the ramp curving into the architecture, with the space balls surrounding below.
Check out Los Angeles Airport's restaurant, similar in design and built in the early 1960s. Many disliked it's futuristic design as being "too far out and alien". But today, it is still a major draw for LaLa Land.
Thanks for sharing,
claudeD (35029) 2014-07-19 12:27
wonderful modern architecture you are showing here with your picture from Rio. Excellent composition, colors and sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Silvio1953 (129256) 2014-07-19 13:11
Ciao Eleni, gran bella vista di una fantastica architettura, piacevole composizione ben animata e ottima nitidezza, bravissima, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (16476) 2014-07-19 14:07
Hola Eleni querida
Termino el mundial y ahora es tiempo de museos, esta captura es interesante por lo poco conocido del museo y obra de Niemeyyer
Buena captura y punto de vista del moderno edificio en contraste con el cielo, siendo lo mas atrayente la curva de la escalera
Cariñosos saludos y descansa del futbol
ricardomattos (5143) 2014-07-19 18:06
This is a place I want to visit in Niterói and you did a very good job here as always. Very well framed and with good light too. I am fond of good architecture and Niemeyer is a world reference. Recently I acquired a book about his architecture. I like to see the people around.Beautiful work Helen.
All the best for you
batalay (36709) 2014-07-20 9:23
I made arrangements to visit Rio de Janeiro and several other ports in Dec. 2015-Jan 2016. Your excellent photos and informative notes will be a welcome tour guide.
Are you planning to be in San Diego this October 27, when we disembark on a cruise to Hawaii and New Zealand? See Oct. 27- Nov. 13, 2014. If you wrote to me, I apologize, I haven't received it.
Warm regards, Eleni,
Cricri (110607) 2014-07-20 10:09
Une lumière chaude sur cette architecture ultra moderne, l'allée rouge qui nous y conduit, une construction intéressante bien placée près de la mer
Profite mon amie de ces beaux moments
cricri et Jessie :-)
ikeharel (62061) 2014-07-21 7:46
From point taken this pic., the edifice looks as a flying-soucer that landed in Rio for a visit.
Fine clear shot, a modern structure designed to host modern-art, obviousely.
Can only imagine the view towards town from therere, must be intriguing sight.
COSTANTINO (59247) 2014-07-23 22:11
Hello my dear Eleni
this shot without the people looks like
a scenery from the space and another
planet here we have an impressive building
with an original shape like a mushroom
this museum looks like a flying saucer
wonderful modern architecture
good quality picture
have a nice time