Photographer's Note

The Cabo Branco Station of Science, Culture and Art, designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, has, since July 2008, become the most recent tourist attraction in the city of Joo Pessoa, Paraba, and is fast becoming a leisure option for its population.
Localized on the cliff of Cabo Branco Point, the most easterly point of the Americas, the Station is made up of five buildings set out in an area of 8571m2.
Since the opening, it has received an expressive number of visitors who, in their majority, go there to appreciate the architecture and to enjoy the panoramic view which the main tower offers, since the City Hall has still not been able to programme events that use the Cabo Branco Station to the full, with music, dance, theatre and exhibitions.
There are five buildings: the tower, the auditorium, the open amphitheatre, the shop and snack bar, and the general services block.
The tower
The most important construction is the tower, where there are exhibition spaces on two floors, a viewpoint with restaurant/bar and conference rooms, in addition to a central nucleus with lifts, bathrooms and stairs.
All this on an octagonal based cylinder inscribed in a circumference of 46 metres in diameter and equivalent in height to 3 floors, covered with sheets of dark glass. The octagonal based cylinder is supported on a single white central cylinder measuring 15 metres in diameter, emerging from a mirror-like sheet of water. This functions as the capital of the column, transmitting the force to the centre cylinder to make the cantilever possible.
Niemeyer uses what looks like an inverted pyramid but with a complex surface that makes the transition between the octagon of the main body of the building and the circumference of the central supporting cylinder.
On the top of the building there is a viewpoint with a 360 degree panoramic view, including facilities for a snack bar/caf, which offers a view of the coast and skyline of Joo Pessoa.

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Additional Photos by Leonor Kuhn (leonorkuhn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3173 W: 205 N: 3259] (16237)
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