Óscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés, Asturias, Spain

The Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre (Spanish: Centro Cultural Internacional Oscar Niemeyer) (popularly known as El Niemeyer and Centro Niemeyer) by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is a a big cultural centre of international significance located in Avilés, Asturias (Spain). The architect described the Niemeyer Centre as “An open square to the humankind, a place for education, culture and peace”. It is possible to see the complex from different places, even from the air. Its size and white and yellow colours highlight its location in the landscape of the town.

The Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (designer of Brasilia and one of the most important architects in the world) was awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award for Art in 1989. That was the origin of the relationship between Oscar Niemeyer and the Principality of Asturias. Years later, Niemeyer donated a big project to the Principality. His design has become a project meant to be an international reference because of its production in the cultural field. It will be dedicated to culture and education. This centre will be the first Oscar Niemeyer’s work in Spain, and he has said he believes it the most important in Europe.


The Niemeyer Centre is formed by five main elements:

  • The open square: a large open outdoor space for cultural activities.
  • The auditorium: concerts, theatre, conferences… including the Club and the exhibition room in the foyer.
  • The dome: a 2,500 square meters exhibitions building.
  • The tower: sight-seeing tower, restaurant and cocktail lounge
  • The multi-purpose building: Film Centre, meeting-rooms, café…

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