See images of Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo's headquarters
The Bienal Pavilion has been compared to a giant ship: 33,000 m² spread over three levels in a parallelepiped format, with glass walls and vertical brise soleils, as if it were floating.
Located in the heart of Ibirapuera Park, the building is part of the original ensemble designed by Oscar Niemeyer (1907- 2012) in the early 1950s to commemorate the city's quadricentennial.
Capable of aligning the lessons of international modernism with a characteristically Brazilian language, Niemeyer emphasized the curves of the mezzanine and internal ramps in a building that allows for direct contact with the surrounding vegetation.
Inside this building is where Bienal takes place, presenting artists and curators with the challenge of occupying its large floor slabs and double- and triple-height ceilings.
It's a layout that unsettles and interrogates. Much like Bienal, the building is forever reinventing itself.
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