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Oscar Niemeyer passes away aged 104

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December 6 2012

Oscar Niemeyer passes away aged 104
Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian architect famous for designing some of his country’s most important government buildings in Brasilia, has passed away in hospital aged 104.

Inspired by the graceful curves of the fairer sex Niemeyer’s signature style moulded brutal concrete into softer curves, sweeps and
The flamboyant Brazilian was cut from the same cloth as Le Corbusier and inspired a range of contemporaries notably Jack Coia, Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan.

Tributes have been pouring in all morning from the likes of Kieran Gaffney who described him as his ‘hero’ and Tim Abrahams who tweeted: ‘No better testament to his vision than the fact that the BBC is still calling Brasilia futuristic.’

A memorial service to the father figure of modernism will be held in Brasilia’s presidential palace later today.

1 Comment

wonky
#1 Posted by wonky on 6 Dec 2012 at 16:27 PM
‘When a form creates beauty it becomes functional and therefore fundamental in architecture’. Why can't we see this more often in architecture?
Who can forget the spaceship like shapes and flowing forms of the Contemporary Art museum in Rio once they have seen it- or his magnificently bizarre designs for Brasilia?

A one off.

God Bless.

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