Serpentine gallery, London, UK.
The foyer of the Foreign ministry, Palacio do Itamaraty, in Brasilia.
Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian national icon and one of the most celebrated architects of the past 60 years. He sadly passed away this week. The above images are some of his most famous work.
One of the pioneers of modernist architecture, Niemeyer was hugely influential with his designs of buildings and urban landscapes from the 1930s onwards. Much of his work still looks futuristic today. He is said to have influenced numerous architects in subsequent generations, including Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, Tadao Ando and Christian de Portzamparc.
Niemeyer was regarded as a visonary for using reinforced concrete to produce curvaceous buildings around the world – the star architect often said his inspiration came from the hilly landscape of his birthplace, Rio de Janeiro. Niemeyer once quoted “Right angles don’t attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man,” which he also wrote in his 1998 memoir, The Curves of Time. “What attracts me are free and sensual curves. The curves we find in mountains, in the waves of the sea, in the body of the woman we love.”
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