The Yacht club building is an elongated prism of little height, which is understood as a horizontal building, trying to melt into the horizon of Pampulha and dive into the water like a boat more. The language used is distinctly modern Niemeyer, using the latest techniques and materials such as glass, concrete and Brise-soleil. However, the architect elegantly combines these innovations with a deeply rooted tradition in Brazil. Niemeyer investigated in a style that looks at how traditional elements could remain in its revolutionary architecture, without falling into old ways and procedures, as the same Niemeyer: “Back to the past, insisting that architecture out of time for an architect would be evidence of a regrettable timidity”
Niemeyer These investigations were also influenced by the great modern master Le Corbusier and what this was doing in his last visits in America. Both roads took more vernacular, an intention to make a timeless architecture.
In a quick scan the cover in a “V” of the Yacht Club can be seen as formal and even capricious. Although clearly departs from the flat roof of the modern movement, Niemeyer uses a deeper sense that the form itself. The slope corresponds to a domestic distribution, not only to give a maximum height where it is needed but also to break up the monotony of a long, low building.
For differentiation purposes, the left is the great hall and part of the right is the restaurant, screened and bonded both by an acoustic shell to start the restaurant and a continuation of the sloping roof, in an intention to unite the vertical plane with the “horizontal” ceiling.
In another approach, the cover also acts as “quilling” the views and in a psychological sense defined in a way the opening of space, and intention for the relationship with the outside.
Another peculiar thing is the total independence of the upper and lower. We can see clearly that virtually any wall is continuous at the two plants, always generates a setback, a shadow in one of the two plants.
Influenced by 5 points from Le Corbusier, Niemeyer and enter the open plan pilotis as structure, concept and formal interpretation.