oscar niemeyer: centro niemeyer opens in spain
oscar niemeyer: centro niemeyer opens in spain oscar niemeyer: centro niemeyer opens in spain
mar 27, 2011

oscar niemeyer: centro niemeyer opens in spain

centro niemeyer by 103-year old brazilian architect oscar niemeyer celebrated its grand opening this weekend in avilés, spain. the first project by the architect in spain, the cultural project aims to serve as an international reference point in the production of artistic content.

image © nardo villaboy (also main image)



multidisciplinary in function, the centre consists of multiple pavilions that host a 1000-seat auditorium, museum, cinema, meeting areas and conference halls. a corkscrew shaped structure with a visible spiral staircase provides a look-out point, offering views over the estuary and the city. a three-storey dome accommodates exhibition spaces for  art work of many media. the expansive public plaza connecting all the structures will host a number of entertainment and cultural activities throughout the year.


having created a number of cultural facilities throughout the world including carnegie hall and ravello auditorium, neimeyer has called the center his most important work in europe.

night view
image © alvaro pulpeiro

panoramic view
image courtesy centro niemeyer

lookout structure
image © ángel navarrete

museum interior
image © ángel navarrete

image © nardo villaboy

during construction
image © josé luis garcia

image © monsacro

image © monsacro

image © monsacro

image © alvaro pulpeiro

image © monsacro

image © monsacro

image © ángel navarrete

  • looks a little bit the corporate architecture of Empuria Brava,
    a spanish holiday resort as well, built in the early 70ies

    boney says:
  • amazing

    jindrinsky says:
  • somewhat beside the point but: 103 years of age? how interesting is that?

    marc says:
  • looks like an airport???? sorry but he is doing the same everywhere with no respect for the site

    max says:
  • that was good architecture – 50 years ago – ??? – why in 2011 – sorry Aviles

    me says:
  • simply and plain, outdated and uglyshly minimalistic.

    marczinger says:
  • I guess the client was happy with this and I like it to a point but I also thought it looked outdated which might sound a lil strange since it a modern structure. I guess its the way the concrete has been used.

    The surfacing on that column looks exactly like the surfacing on structures forming the royal festival hall and Hayward gallery down on the Southbank in London which as someone pointed out was great in the 50’s. Great architect though and gd on him for still working as a centurian.

    JordanB2710 says:
  • Sorry and respect to Niemeyer, but personally think this is way too outdated.

    The client got satisfied, ok, but was the client a “normal” client, looking for the best or was/is he a fan of niemeyer? Because there´s a difference and looking at the final result, the client is a fan of niemeyer.

    To me this work was made because of the name nieweyer has, not because of a trully great work of art, like I said, I respect his work, but I think he lost the train of “awesome arquitecture” few decades ago.

    Sorry says:
  • Critics here who find ON’s style dated miss the point. Great artists have a recognizable style or aesthetic that, at best, transcends trend and time. This cultural center could be quite amazing, once in use.

    Tom P says:
  • La obra de un maestro del siglo XX… y digo bien: siglo XX.

    Con las baterías de cok junto a esta nueva edificación, alguién va a sacAr provecho de la continua limpieza de sus cubiertas. Y bueno… el entorno absolutamente demacrado de vías y carreteras, ha de ser corregido ya. En ese momento, ahí ya si, se habrá acabado este centro…

    Mucha suerte, Avilés ¡¡¡

    Mika says:
  • the same architecture, no mater where is it, no mater when it happens.

    as a brazillian, and like many fellow countryman’s who think like me, definitely we’re tired of seeing this man overshadowing our country.
    over 50 years brazil is kwon as a masterpiece of modern architecture and we will not have our contermporary production recognized untill this man continues to make monumental white elephant’s where he wants saying that it was inspired by a rio de janeiro mountain and a naked woman…

    come on, cut that… this only happens because of these bastards politics who keep showing their power by paying famous “architects” to sign their plazas…

    rex says:

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