Tourist Attraction in Brasilia: Palácio do Planalto
The Palàcio do Planalto is the official seat of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil, therefore a workplace of the President of Brazil and located in the federal capital, Brasilia. The building was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1960. Planalto was the headquarters of every Brazilian president starting with Juscelino Kubitschek. The palace is located in Praca dos Très Poderes (Square of the Three Powers) east of the Congresso Nacional and in front of the Supreme Court building. Apart from the President, some high offices of the State like the Vice-President and the Head of Cabinet have an office in the building; the other ministries line up along the so-called 'monumental axis' of the city, in what is known as the ministries' esplanade. The term 'Planalto', in Brazilian political jargon, is used for metonymy to indicate the government.
This building is the seat of the presidency and the operational and working place of the president, who instead has his official residence in the Palácio da Alvorada.
Niemeyer's idea was to project an image of simplicity and modernity using thin lines and curves to compose the pillars and the exterior of the structure. The longitudinal lines of the building are marked by a sequence of pillars whose design is a variant of those of the Palacio de Alvorada, even if they are placed transversely to the body of the building. On the facade of the building two strong elements stand out: the access ramp leading to the main atrium and the grandstand from which the president and foreign heads of state can address the audience gathered in the Piazza dei Tre Poteri. In 1991, around the palace a pool of water was built, both to increase safety and to balance the humidity levels during the long dry season of Brasilia. The pool has an approximate area of 1635 square meters, and contains 1900 cubic meters of water with a depth of 110 centimeters. The waters of the tank are populated by several dozen Japanese carp. Word processing: Giovambattista Spagnuolo (Myooni)