BRASÍLIA 50 ANOS | 3 PRESIDENTIAL PALACES :: PALÁCIO DO CATETE, CATETINHO + PALÁCIO DA ALVORADA

Cama do JK: »Por incrível que pareça, igual a cama que minha mãe tinha lá em casa.« Juscelino Kubitschek’s bed: “Amazingly, the same bed that my mother had back home.”

Photos > asleeponasunbeam. Flickr

Oscar Niemeyer designed the Catetinho as a temporary home for President Juscelino Kubitschek to use when he visited his dream project while it was first under construction.

Although rough and crude, this was a little piece of modernism on the savannah, as Daniela’s photos (above) show. Nice furniture!

The nickname, “little Catete,” is a reference to the presidential palace (the Catete Palace) in Rio de Janeiro.

The Palace of the Dawn (Palácio da Alvorada) was the first edifice built in Brasília and is off the planning “grid” (the Plano Piloto de Brasília) imposed on the landscape by Lúcio Costa. Situated on the shores of Lake Paranoá, construction began on 3 April 1957 and it was inaugurated on 30 June 1958.

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