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AD Classics: French Communist Party Headquarters / Oscar Niemeyer

09:30 - 23 April, 2018
© Denis Esakov
© Denis Esakov

In March 1972, an article in The Architectural Review proclaimed that this structure was “probably the best building in Paris since Le Corbusier’s Cité de Refuge for the Salvation Army.”[1] The article was, of course, referring to Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s first project in Europe: the French Communist Party Headquarters in Paris, France, built between 1967 and 1980. Having worked with Le Corbusier on the 1952 United Nations Building in New York and recently finished the National Congress as well as additional iconic government buildings in Brasilia, Niemeyer was no stranger to the intimate relationship between architecture and political power.[2]

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AD Classics: National Congress / Oscar Niemeyer

06:00 - 21 September, 2015
AD Classics: National Congress / Oscar Niemeyer, © Filipe Frazao / Shutterstock.com
© Filipe Frazao / Shutterstock.com

Located at the head of the abstract bird-shaped city plan by Lúcio Costa, and as the only building within the central greensward of the eastern arm of the Monumental Axis, the palace of the National Congress (Congresso Nacional) enjoys pride of place among Oscar Niemeyer’s government buildings in Brasília. The most sober of the palaces on the Plaza of the Three Powers, the National Congress reflects the strong influence of Le Corbusier, while hinting at the more romantic and whimsical forms that characterize Niemeyer’s trademark Brazilian Modernism.

© Flickr User may_inthesky The Monumental Axis with the National Congress in the distance. Image © Limogi © Andrew Prokos Interior of the Chamber of Deputies. Image © flickr user agenciasenado + 14

AD Classics: Niterói Contemporary Art Museum / Oscar Niemeyer

01:00 - 21 August, 2013
Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com
Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, also know as the MAC, was designed by the famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1996. This iconic saucer-shaped structure, situated on a cliffside above Guanabara bay in the city of Niterói, brilliantly frames the panoramic views of the city of Rio De Janeiro and encapsulates the simple, yet brilliant signature aesthetic of Niemeyer.

© Gili Merin © Gili Merin Sketch by Oscar Niemeyer. Image Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com + 14

AD Classics: Cathedral of Brasilia / Oscar Niemeyer

00:00 - 5 January, 2011
AD Classics: Cathedral of Brasilia / Oscar Niemeyer, © wikimedia commons
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