Posted by: h4ck@lyst | December 15, 2007

100 years of architecture!

Well am not an all that avid reader or follower of architectural designs. But I do go through the BBC’s

in pictures’ feature on a regular basis. The days’ story is real beautiful, especially when you see the designs of the centenarian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Brazil’s best-known architect.

The last giant of the modern movement, he is a very Brazilian modernist, sculpting curves from concrete.

For decades he has worked from this office, perched high in a curvaceous Art Deco tower known as the Mae West Building. Fittingly, his office overlooks Rio de Janeiro’s famous flaunting haunt, Copacabana Beach.




Upturned UFO

Concrete, curves, colour – the Museum of Modern Art in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio, typifies Niemeyer’s style. Visitors enter the saucer-shaped clifftop gallery – which Niemeyer has likened to a flower reflected in the pool at its base – via a snaking ramp.

In the course of his long career, he has hoovered up just about every important commission going in that country – to some resentment from his peers.


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