Cidade das Artes is located between sea and mountain, in the center of a fourteen kilometers plain that saw the recent development of the new major district of Rio de Janeiro: Barra da Tijuca.
The landscape is monotonous, without any urban marks or public spaces. The site is structured by two highways that cross the district. In the centre of this cross, designed by Lucio Costa, Cidade das Artes will be in the very heart of the new district.
The building is a little city contained in a big structure raised and established on a vast terrace ten meters above the ground, overlooking the mountain and the sea, floating upon a public park a tropical garden and a pond, draw by Fernando Chacel.