BRASÍLIA 50 ANOS | The Buildings :: The New Digital TV Tower
This project by Oscar Niemeyer — the 103-year-old maestro of Brazilian architecture — has flown under the radar of the architectural community’s press.
What is somewhat radical about this design is that that tower’s location is so obviously off the Monumental Axis that Lúcio Costa planned for all of the city’s monumental buildings (see map below).
What’s also radical is that Costa himself (he of the small portfolio of built buildings) designed the current TV Tower. It’s one of the few non-Niemeyers in the capital. This newfangled tower is certain to downgrade Costa’s addition to the Axis.
Height dictates that the new tower be positioned on the city’s highest piece of real estate. Burning question: how will those domes keep their cool under Brasília’s relentless heat?
I love the name: “Savannah Flower” — it’s very Niemeyeresque.
Some fast facts:
Height: 185 m (about 62 stories)
Number of Glass Domes: 2
Programs in the domes: 1 restaurant @ 80 m; 1 art gallery @ 60 m (another Niemeyer gallery?)
Surrounded by: 1 Curved ramp over 1 reflecting pool (what else?)
Foundation: 13.4 meters deep with 2 billion cubic meters of concrete
Best translated pull quote (by Brazil’s Secretary of Culture): “I’m very optimistic, because this will be one of our sights. I’m sure.”
Space Age Quotient: 89%
New Target Date for Inauguration: October 2010
NOT QUITE DEPARTMENT:
The prevision is that the concrete part should be ready for the 50th anniversary of Brasília on the 21st of April. The 60 meters metallic antenna on top of the tower, that will allow the transmission of the digital signal, should be ready by July 2010.
– Agência Brasília
Fotos > George Gianni
Com 183 metros de altura, Torre de Televisão Digital também promete se tornar mais um ponto turístico da cidade
With 183 meters tall, the Tower of Digital TV also promises to become more a tourist city
Fotos > Morio, Wikipedia
Google Maps > The old tower on Lúcio Costa’s Eixo Monumental (“Monumental Axis)
The Monumental Axis’ first section, the Ministries Esplanade, as viewed from the Brasilia TV Tower
Other public ventures sit vacant. Officials in Natal, in northeast Brazil, spent millions on wavy buildings designed by Mr. Niemeyer, opening them in 2006 and 2008. But they abandoned them almost immediately, allowing squatters to occupy some areas; the authorities now say they have plans to refurbish the buildings. Another Niemeyer project, a $30 million television transmission tower in Brasília designed like a futuristic flower, remains unused two years after it was inaugurated.
Americas | Grand Visions Fizzle in Brazil > Read the sad story here.
(Bruno Lupion) – translated by Google
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- 2010/08/26 / 02:56
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