The Construction of Brasilia, Photos by Marcel Gautherot

© Marcel Gautherot

   

The construction of , the federal capital of Brazil and an icon of Brazilian Modernism, began in 1956. Initially planned by the urbanist Lúcio Costa for 500,000 inhabitants (today it holds 2.5 million), gained fame for its remarkable buildings, designed by . Today,  is the only 20th century city in the world to have been awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

In honor of the late Oscar Niemeyer, we’ve gathered some stunning black and white photos taken by Franco-Brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer’s emblematic buildings – including the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil. See them all, after the break…

© Marcel Gautherot
© Marcel Gautherot
© Marcel Gautherot
© Marcel Gautherot
© Marcel Gautherot
Cite: Hernandez, Diego. "The Construction of Brasilia, Photos by Marcel Gautherot" 06 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=303639>

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    Ah Brasilia… a symbol of everything that is impressive, and everything that is so very wrong, about central planning.

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