Remembering Neimeyer: The Works of a Master

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Many architects enter the profession with hopes of creating something that outlives them, something that is bigger than themselves, that can advocate for a better world. Oscar Niemeyer was such an architect, one who fought for designs that would serve everyone. The master of Brazilian architecture passed away one year ago after complications from a previous kidney condition. In honor of what would have been his birthday today, we’ve rounded up a few of his masterpieces, from his elegant and curvy Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, his collaboration on the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the traditional spectacle space of his Sambadrome, the spiraling Niemeyer Center in Aviles, and the powerful parabolic expression in his Cathedral of Brasilia. Enjoy!

Rio Bonito House / Carla Juaçaba

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Carla Juaçaba
Location: Serra do Rio Bonito, ,
Construction: Max Engenharia
Area: 70 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

PV House / Sérgio Sampaio Arquitetura + Planejamento

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Sérgio Sampaio Arquitetura + Planejamento
Location: – São Paulo, Brasil
Architect In Charge: Sérgio Sampaio
Area: 890.0 m2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Bosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos

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Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos
Location: Nova Lima – Minas Gerais,
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos

Cidade Das Artes / Christian de Portzamparc

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Christian de Portzamparc
Location: Rio de Janeiro,
Area: 46000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nelson Kon, Courtesy of

A Year Without Oscar

Niemeyer observa maquete da escola projetada em (MG). Image Courtesy of ON

It’s been exactly one year since the world first mourned the passing of a great master of 20th century architecture: Oscar Niemeyer.

After 104 years of life, the renowned architect left a profound legacy. His works  - known for their impressive curves, embrace of  light, and profound relationship to their surroundings – made him an icon. Not just in , but the world.

Happy Birthday Lina Bo Bardi!

© Ioana Marinescu, Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi

“Architecture is created, ‘invented anew,’ by each man who attempts her, who roams her space, climbs a stair, rests on a balustrade, lifts his head to look, open, close a door, who sits down or gets up and makes intimate contact with – and at the same time create ‘forms’ in – the space [...] This intimate, fiery, contact, that which was perceived by man at the beginning, is today forgotten. Routine and communal places made man forget the natural beauty of “moving in space,” of his conscious movement, of those little gestures…” — Lina Bo Bardi

We’re celebrating the life and work of renowned Italian-Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bardi, who would have turned 99 today.

Discover more about this icon and proponent of humanist modern architecture, after the break…

RedBull Station Sao Paulo / Triptyque

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Architects: Triptyque
Location: , Brasil
Partners: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Olivier Rafaëlli e Guillaume Sibaud
Team: Pedro de Mattos Ferraz, Collaborators: Thiago Bicas, Ricardo Innecco, Luísa Vicentini, Sofia Saleme, Priscila Fialho, Murillo Fantinati, Natallia Shiroma, Nely Silveira 
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Kok, Courtesy of Triptyque

M&M Residence / Bonina Arquitetura

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Architects: Bonina Arquitetura
Location: São Paulo,
Project Team: Mauricio Takahashi (Author), Denise Hino, Rosa Fumie Satomi, Ana Paula Nemoto
Project Area: 318 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Tony Chen

House in the Hills / Architectare

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Architectare
Location: Itaipava – ,
Project Architects: Flavia Quintanilha e Rodrigo Fernandes
Area: 704 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Arena Pernambuco / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
Location: Arena Pernambuco – BR 408, – Pernambuco, Brasil
Architect In Charge: Daniel Hopf Fernandes
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lanik do Brasil

Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium – Maracanã / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

© Erica Ramalho

Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
Location: Maracanã – Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, 20271-150,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Hopf Fernandes
Year: 2013
Photographs: Erica Ramalho, Courtesy of , Marcelo Santos

An Architect’s Journey to Brazil

Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann

When I was student in City, I would often spend hours thumbing through the titles of books at the Strand Bookstore.  One day I came across Latin American Architecture Since 1945. The black and white book, written by Henry-Russell Hitchcock in 1955, showed a world of precise . The buildings, situated in a tropical climate, set atop pilotis with gardens flowing in and under them, with brise soleils filtering the strong equatorial light, were perfect. I often would stare into the pages and attempt to create similar projects on my drafting board.

Fifteen years later, on a journey to Brazil, I sought out the projects that were indelibly written into my memory.  I expected, or hoped, to find them as they were on the pages. But what I found instead are buildings that are used and worn, showing age like the yellowing pages of the book itself. Despite this, the buildings were very much alive. Children were kicking a ball around in the housing bar and patients were still healing in Neimeyer’s hospital. These projects were not the crisp sun drenched modernism of my imagination, but they exceeded my expectation with an unexpected vibrance.

Restaurante Deliqatê / FGMF Arquitetos

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Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: , Brasil
Authors: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Ana Paula Barbosa, Marilia Caetano, Sonia Gouveia
Project Architects: Carolina Matsumoto, Juliana Fernandes, Raquel Engelsman
Interns: Felipe Bueno, Gabriel Mota, Gabriela Eberhardt, Patrícia Kupper, Rodrigo de Moura
Area: 275.0 m2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafaela Netto

Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE) / Paulo Mendes da Rocha

© Paul Clemence

Keep an eye out, or you might miss the Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (a.k.a. MuBE, pronounced MOO-bee). Widely considered the masterpiece of Pritzker Prize-winner , the building was in fact born out of the desire to have no building at all. When in the 1980s an empty lot in ’s mansion-laden Jardins district was slated to become a shopping mall, wealthy residents successfully lobbied to create a public square instead. To sweeten the deal and ensure the land stayed commercial-free, they hired Mendes de Rocha to create MuBE. Completed in 1995, the 7000-sq-meter museum hunkers down beneath ground level, thus preserving what in is that rarest of luxuries: a public green space.

Fernando Jaeger Store / SuperLimão Studio

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Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Project Area: 605 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

360° Building / Isay Weinfeld


Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: , Brazil
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Design Team: Gabriel Bicudo, Manoel Maia
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Area: 2,797 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG+SG

Boutique Las Chicas / GUIV Arquitetura

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Architects: GUIV Arquitetura
Location: Belo Horizonte,
Architect In Charge: Guilherme de Vasconcelos
Building Company: Gilberto Lacerda & Cia
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gabriel Castro