The Centro Niemeyer is a new cultural complex in Avilés (map), one of the largest towns in the Spanish principality of Asturias, and is part of an ambitious scheme to redevelop the town’s riverfront. World-renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, designed the complex as a gift to the principality. The result is a mesmerising blend of seductive feminine curves and a science fiction fantasy, reminiscent of Jane Fonda in the iconic 1960’s movie, Barbarella.
The Centro Niemeyer complex consists of four main structures: the tower (with its swirling staircase), the exhibition dome, an auditorium (a sketch of a woman posing seductively graces one wall) and a fourth building that houses a bar and meeting rooms.
A design that stirs the senses
The design of the complex is simple and clean but many aspects of it grab the attention of every visitor. I was constantly drawn by the soft sensual curves. It felt like an invitation to further explore the complex and caress the smooth, gleaming white surfaces. Located in a sea of white, the auditorium, with its brightly coloured sections, forms a stark contrast. The overall effect stirred my senses and I paused for many moments to admire and gently run my hand along the curvy walls. It was easy to feel seduced by the sensuality of this complex.
The Centro Niemeyer has the potential to become a Spanish national icon and transform Avilés into a world-class centre of arts, culture and design. As word spreads about this complex, I’m convinced that an increasing number of people will be drawn to and seduced by this wondrous design by Oscar Niemeyer. I certainly was!
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