Feel-good Buildings


Amanda Bailieu has invited some British architects, artists and critics to select the buildings that they look forward to seeing again after the coronavirus pandemic.

At present, much of the world is on lockdown, with millions of people confined to their own homes and travel severely restricted. However, once the pandemic is over, people will once again be free to visit their favourite buildings.

Artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, whose exhibition at London’s Soane Museum sets out to explore what buildings can tell us about contemporary society, have also found themselves thinking how the setting is as important as the architecture.

For them, it’s Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer‘s Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro. “It positively lifts the spirits and soars aloft!” they said.

“It’s one of the most beautiful, audacious, and energising buildings we’ve visited,” they continued.

“Poised between the city and the sea, mountains and the sky, it perfectly expresses the optimistic energy of Rio, a city where it often feels as though anything is possible, a city that has the power to lift the spirits at every turn with the drama of its incredible natural setting.”

Photo by Marinelson Almeida.