Posted by Paul Malo on March 15, 2002 at 07:38:57:
In Reply to: Help on a picture posted by Fábio on March 15, 2002 at 07:20:10:
I don't recognize the building, but the little curved triangular pieces at the ends surely look like a familiar Niemeyer motif.
It's a curious form, rather odd since it appears to be basically a hyperbolic paraboloid. This would not reguire supports at the ends, being inherently rigid due to its double curvature. We discussed some of these buildings a while back--but noted that the prow soaring unsupported into space, while dramatic, like most astonishing cantilevers in time sags due to fatigue--so maybe Niemeyer (if it was he) was more prescient than some other designers of the time, who supported the roof at the low points rather than the high points.