Ibirapuera Auditorium

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Ibirapuera Auditorium
Auditório Ibirapuera
Auditório Ibirapuera.JPG
Entrance to Ibirapuera auditorium in Ibirapuera park
General information
Town or citySão Paulo
Construction started2002
Technical details
Floor area7,000 square feet (650 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectOscar Niemeyer with Hélio Pasta and Hélio Penteado (collaborators)

The Ibirapuera Auditorium (Portuguese: Auditório Ibirapuera) is a building conceived by Oscar Niemeyer for the presentation of musical spectacles, situated in Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo.


The auditorium completes the group of buildings in Ibirapuera park, as designed originally by the architect in the 1950s.[1] Compared to the original proposal it is lacking only the access square that would separate it from the Oca, which would serve as the main entrance to the park.

At the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards the Brazilian Field awards were presented at the Ibirapuera Auditorium. In December of the same year, the Ibirapuera Auditorium was the host of the final fashion show of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 12.

Architectural concept[edit]

The front of the auditorium at night
Interior of the auditorium.

The building possesses volumetric simplicity, composed of a single block that in plan has the form of a trapezoid and, in section, the form of a triangle. As well as the other buildings in the park such as the Oca dome, and a great part of the architect's work, the auditorium is composed of reinforced concrete painted white.

The unique form and spatial massing sets it apart from other auditoriums for concerts since the conception of the Paris Opera in the 19th century. It is composed of a separation of three parts, which makes a sequence of foyer, audience, stage from the exterior to the interior.

The group formed by the auditorium together with the Oca, which is a semi-sphere, composing two buildings of pure and white geometrical volumes, is considered the most important of the project from an architectural point of view. The articulation of the group would be made complete by a great civic square, marquee, and footbridge, that have not been realized.[2]

A marquee, executed in red painted metal, covers the main access and gives identity to the building, characterizing it and differentiating it from other buildings. For this reason, the form and color of this element have transformed the branding of the auditorium and act as an architectural logo. It is called officially the Labareda - Portuguese for flame.

Auditorium, Paulista Avenue background

Internal organization[edit]

Auditorium, Moema background

On the first floor is a foyer leading to the stage and audience. On the lower floor is a bar, rooms for administration, the music school and dressing rooms. The auditorium has an 18-meter-wide back door that, when opened, permits access to what is presented on the stage to people situated outside, for open-air concerts. stage.[3]

Works of art[edit]

  • Tomie Ohtake and Luís Antônio Vallandro Keating

See also[edit]

List of Oscar Niemeyer works


  1. ^ Fernando Serapião, Auditório completa conjunto edificado no parque Ibirapuera. PROJETODESIGN Edition 309, November 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  2. ^ Mônica Junqueira de Camargo. Sobre o projeto de Oscar Niemeyer para o entorno do Teatro no Parque Ibirapuera. Minha Cidade 125, March 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  3. ^ Le Moniteur-expert.com - Oscar Niemeyer livre un auditorium « réversible »

External links[edit]

  • "Auditório Ibirapuera". Ibirapuera Auditorium (in Portuguese). Official Website. Retrieved April 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • Ibirapuera Park, official website. Managed by Ibirapuera Park Management Council, it allows civil society to interact with Park's Administration.
  • "(Marta Suplicy officially delivers the Ibirapuera Auditorium)" (in Portuguese). Secretaria Municipal de Comunicação e Informação Social. December 14, 2004. Retrieved April 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • Della Badia, Laura. "Ibirapuera Auditorium. São Paulo, Oscar Niemeyer. 2005". Floornature.com. Retrieved April 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • Gurria-Quintana, Angel (April 13, 2007). "Architect of optimism". Financial Times.com. Retrieved April 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • Knecht, Barbara (January 3, 2005). "At 97, Oscar Niemeyer Completes Concert Hall in São Paulo, Brazil". Architectural Record. Retrieved April 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • "Oscar bravo: The completion of Oscar Niemeyer's concert hall". Wallpaper* magazine. November 10, 2005. Retrieved April 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • "The rediscovery of Niemeyer" (in Portuguese). ARCO Editorial. May 2000. Retrieved April 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
Preceded by
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Host of the
Latin Grammy Awards (Brazilian Field Awards)

Succeeded by
Mandalay Bay Events Center

Coordinates: 23°35′09″S 46°39′23″W / 23.58583°S 46.65639°W / -23.58583; -46.65639