Address: Praça dos Três Poderes | BRASÍLIA | Brazil | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: -15.79907, -47.86076
The Planalto Palace is the official workplace of the President of Brazil. It is located in the national capital of Brasília. The building was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated on April 21, 1960. It has been the workplace of every Brazilian president since Juscelino Kubitschek. It is located at the Three Powers Plaza, to the east of the National Congress and across from the Supreme Federal Court.
The presidential palace was a major feature of Costa’s plan for the newly established capital city. Niemeyer’s idea was to project an image of simplicity and modernity using fine lines and waves to compose the columns and exterior structures. The longitudinal lines of the palace are kept by a sequence of columns whose design is a variation of those at the Alvorada Palace, although they were arranged transversely to the body of the building. The palace’s façade is also composed by two strong elements: the ramp leading to the hall and the parlatorium, from where the president and foreign heads of state can address the public at the Three Powers Plaza.
A reflecting pool was built in 1991 to increase security around the palace and to balance humidity levels during the long dry season in Brasília. It has an approximate area of 1,635 square metres, holding 1,900 cubic metres of water, with a depth of 110 centimetres. Several Japanese carp live in the pool.
Photos by Plínio Dondon.
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