Oscar Niemeyer

Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer passes away

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho (15 December 1907 – 5 December 2012), known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasilia, a planned city which became Brazil’s capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential on the architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The Metropolitan Cathedral in Brasilia

The Metropolitan Cathedral in Brasilia

Both lauded and criticized for being a “sculptor of monuments”, Niemeyer was praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. He claimed his architecture was strongly influenced by Le Corbusier, but in an interview, assured that this “didn’t prevent [his] architecture from going in a different direction”. Niemeyer was most famous for his use of abstract forms and curves that characterize most of his works..

“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein.” – Oscar Niemeyer, 2000, The Curves of Time: The Memoirs of Oscar Niemeyer.

The Itamaraty palace of brasilia

The Itamaraty palace of brasilia

He was among the first architects to explore the possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for its aesthetic impact and a supporter of Le Corbusier’s view on architecture. All these years he has been influencing so many young architects and designer; Zaha Hadid and Christian de Portzamparc being among them.

Works of Architect Oscar Niemeyer
Strick house schall

Strick house schall

The Palacio da Alvorada, or Palace of Dawn, the official residence of Brazilian presidents

The Palacio da Alvorada, or Palace of Dawn, the official residence of Brazilian presidents

Watertown Octagon House plans

Watertown Octagon House plans

The Brazil's National Congress

The Brazil’s National Congress

oscar niemeyer museum

oscar niemeyer museum

Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba

Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba

niemeyer house design

niemeyer house design

Niemeyer Center in Spain

Niemeyer Center in Spain

Curitiba-Brasil

Curitiba-Brasil

Fasem rio chaise longue by oscar niemeyer

Fasem rio chaise longue by oscar niemeyer

Dmitri Kessel-modernistic facade of Congress Building

Dmitri Kessel-modernistic facade of Congress Building

Curitiba-Brasilia

Curitiba-Brasilia

Source: Wikipedia.com and google.com

Guneet Singh Khurana
Ar. Guneet Singh Khurana is a visionary architect, author and currently working in Design Arch as Principal Architect. He holds B.Arch degree from Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. His creative approach and interest in designing inspired him to pursue future in architecture. He has an extensive experience in the field of architecture and urban design. He is the founder of Archistudent.net (a resource portal dedicated to providing information and knowledge to the growing community of architecture, interior design, landscape and planning). He is recipient of the PAFE Award for excellence in the field of Environment friendly architecture and University Scholarship for excellence in academics.

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