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.

Facts

  • 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.

 

 

X-Seed 4000

The X-Seed 4000 is a one of the most special building ever fully planned and designed on this planet. The X-Seed would have had roof 4000 metres above the ground and would be built in Japan. The idea was initially created and developed by Peter Neville. It would have a 6000 metre base which would be underwater and 800-floor capacity could accommodate 500,000 to 1,000,000 inhabitants. This structure would be composed of over 3,000,000 tons of pure steel.

Unlike conventional skyscrapers, to remain habitable the X-Seed 4000 would have to increase the pressure according to how high it goes and should have separate generators at every 100 floors. The X-Seed would have taken at least 20 years to complete and would cost about USD700 billion to USD1.2 trillion.

Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament, a marvel of the modern day. Designed by Enric Miralles, This site is in Edinburgh’s medieval old town squeezed between a royal palaces.

The Catalan architect started sketching flowers and plants as the base layout of the Scottish parliament. Architecturally there were no concessions either to traditional or modern principle rational designs.

Problems were faced due to the death of the Catalan architect but got resolved.

The Building unusual layout and quality o finish became apparent in the pubic foyer, Concrete had been polished to a point where it was as soft as marble. The windows are pretty unusual as each window is handmade and each one has its own design.

Facts

  • Each of the 112 nodes in the debating hall are separately designed for their own purpose.
  • The building is clad in 6,000 sq. m of Kennay granite from Aberdeenshire, in Scotland.
  • Each office has an area by the window known as “a contemplate space”.