BRASÍLIA - APRIL 2008
Brasília was built in forty one months, from 1956 through 1960, to become the new federal capital city of Brazil. The idea was to transfer the federal capital from the coast to the midwestern interior of the country and the city was strictly planned and developed with Lúcio Costa, who won a design contest in 1957, as the principal urban planner, and Oscar Niemeyer as the principal architect. The plan of the city looks like an airplane, with the straight Monumental Axis (Eixo Monumental), with most of the federal buildings, running roughly east-west, and the Highway Axis (Eixo Rodoviário), linking the main residential neighbourhoods, curving north-south.
The planning of Brasília, which is the only city created (from scratch) in the twentieth century to be included UNESCO's List of Historical Heritage Sites, has been a theme for discussion since its inception.
"TEN MILE HIGH GOOGLE PHOTO - The head of the airplane is turned to the right of the picture, towards East"
"SCALE MODEL - The head here is turned to the left... Located at the underground «Espaço Lúcio Costa», the model occupies an area of 179 square metres!"
"HOTEL ALVORADA PARK - Everything was planned in Brasília. So the hotels were supposed to be concentrated in two of the «superquadras» (superblocks) close to the intersection between the Highway Axis and the Monumental Axis: the SHN (Hotel Sector North) and SHS (Hotel Sector South). With time, new zones were developed and a new Sector for Tourism Hotels (SHTN) saw the light of day near the Lake Paranoá, close to the residence of the President of the Republic, the Palace of Dawn (Palácio da Alvorada). The Alvorada Park (formerly the Blue Tree) is one of those hotels, probably the best of them..."
"LOBBY AND RECEPTION"
"LOBBY, POOL AND LAKE"
"LAKE PARANOÁ - The artificial lake was created on the east side of the city by building a dam on the Paranoá River. At an altitude of one thousand metres, it has a shore length of eighty kilometres"
"PALMS AND LAKE"
"ALVORADA PARK - LAKESIDE"
"LAKE CLUB of the residential block"
"SUNSET - There is always a problem with these pictures..."