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Aviles, the avant-garde reality of Niemeyer

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Torre-Mirador, Niemeyer (C) Avistu

Because the Niemeyer, as it is popularly known throughout Asturias, both in its tangible and intangible part is the spearhead of an ancient village that projects to the 21st century and one of the main attractions for tourists who visit it, including celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey or Woody Allen (who recommended Asturias as “the perfect place to escape the world”).

Niemeyer, the Dome in works (C) Avistu

Who would have met him in August 2010, during the days of open doors and, days later, of guided tours, had the privilege of seeing the guts of that cultural monster embryo. An auditorium with cranes inside, multipurpose rooms where cables, like tentacles of strange invisible entities, arose from the ceiling plates, a dome where The stairs presided over a huge space. empty of art but full of possibilities and a tower adorned with scaffolding that watched the visitors, sheathed, like the workers, in reflective vests and protective helmets.

Today all these promises are finalized, the official inauguration was held in March 2011, and they can be traversed inside and out (including part of the interior of the Mirador Tower). With two pedestrian accesses in the form of two bridges on the Ría de Avilés, one of them multicolored, the five spatial structures that make up the Niemeyer are:

Tower. With a height of 13 meters it becomes a a viewpoint over the estuary and the city. It has a restaurant for a small number of diners, managed by chef Koldo Miranda.

Niemeyer, Auditorium (C) Avistu

The auditorium. Actually the building has two spaces for performances, the small Club Room (where Jam Sessions and concerts are held in a more intimate environment, closer to the artists) and the Auditorium itself. The latter has a capacity for more than 1000 spectators and has an original feature: if the occasion requires it the back of the stage can also be opened towards the square with what the public multiplies (as during the massive inauguration in which 1 people attended the concert of Woody Allen and The New Orleans Jazz Band) and a screen at the top of the building, outside, helps nobody to miss detail. As a curiosity I will add that the gigantic outline of a woman that can be seen on the side corresponds to a female figure like the ones the architect could see from the window of his study in Brazil.

The multipurpose building. It houses the Niemeyer Center bar, several multipurpose rooms for meetings and conferences (such as the one that took place during the Trip Asturias Blog) and the Film Center, where armchair number 7 of row 5 It is named after the renowned filmmaker Woody Allen.

The dome. An impressive structure of curious form that seems to be either semi-sunk in the ground or placed as a cup upside down. It houses different exhibitions and has a space, spread over two levels, with about 4,000 m2.

Square. Used to walk through cities where the squares are always surrounded by tall buildings, the Niemeyer seems happily superb, the structures are integrated into it and it is an invitation to the walk until the wee hours of the morning. It is, without a doubt, a privileged box to contemplate the city, the estuary and the Marina.

Niemeyer, Auditorium (C) Avistu

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