MMBB arquitetos - the development of public and institutional designs in the area of building and urbanism.
MMBB arquitetos came about in 1991 as a result of the association of the architects Fernando de Mello Franco, Marta Moreira and Milton Braga. Previous experience provided by their capacities as collaborators in Brazilian and foreign companies was gathered in one common organization, consolidating a comprehensive professional performance which has stood out by the development of public and institutional designs in the area of building and urbanism.
The designs, carried out sometimes in the form of different associations and collaborations with several architects and engineering consultancy companies, have allowed for the organization of a multidisciplinary activity which is needed taking into account the comprehensiveness and complexity of the works accomplished. The association with engineering consultancy companies has been characterized by the development of infrastructure urban designs such as favela’s upgrading, social housing, and transport system facilities.
The concern with a critical and analytical posture has led MMBB architects to extend their activities to the cultural and academic sphere. Not only do the associates carry out a parallel production in the way of participation and/or organization of cultural events, exhibitions, biennials but also develop an academic activity encompassing teaching and research.
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The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum is situated in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of the city’s main landmarks. It was completed in 1996.
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer with the assistance of structural engineer Bruno Contarini, who had worked with Niemeyer on earlier projects, the MAC-Niterói is 16 meters high; its cupola has a diameter of 50 metres with three floors.
The saucer-shaped modernist structure, which has been likened to a UFO, is set on a cliffside, at the bottom of which is a beach.