Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum is situated in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of the city’s main landmarks. It was completed in 1996. The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum has a very different and contemporary look and also is a contemporary museum. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini.

The Niterói is 16 meters high; its cupola has a diameter of 50 meters with three floors. The museum was built over Boa Viagem beach and also has a neighborhood near by, there is also a reflector pool surrounding the building. The glass panes used for the Niterói were custom made and have a bronze tint. Going down to the basement, visitors can find an auditorium for 60 spectators and the area planned for the restaurant, where a thin torn window horizontally along the facade provides a glimpse of the beauty of Guanabara Bay.


  • 5,500 tons of material were excavated to create the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum.
  • 3,200,000 cubic meters of concrete was used to build the structure including its foundation.
  • Five years were needed to build the four – story structure with 300 workers taking turns in three shifts.
  • The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum has a foundation strong enough to hold a 10 storey building.