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Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer

Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte
Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, or simply Oscar Niemeyer, (December 15, 1907 – December 5, 2012) was one of the greatest architects in Brazil's history, and one of the greats of the global modernist movement. After his death in 2012, Niemeyer left the world more than five hundred works scattered throughout the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum. Image © Gili Merin Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre in the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Image © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre National Congress of Brazil. Image © Andrew Prokos Cathedral of Brasília. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte + 25

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

Institut du Monde Arabe. Image © Georges Fessy One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks Doha Office Tower, Qatar. Image © Nelson Garrido Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture. Image © Filip Dujardin + 15

Oscar Niemeyer to be Featured on the Streets of Rio

The work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is currently being featured by the city of Rio de Janeiro. Throughout the month of January, mock-ups and engravings signed by the architect can be seen in Barra da Tijuca, in the city’s West Side. There, visitors can discover the history of Brazilian architecture and see some of Niemeyer's most famous work. The RioCVB created the exhibition to celebrate Niemeyer's legacy and showcase Brazil's landmark buildings.

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Konior Studio

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Katowice, Poland
  • Architects: Konior Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7874
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Mondang / AnLstudio

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  • Architects: AnLstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  34
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of our US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials, we've coupled six iconic architects with what we deem to be their favourite or most frequently used material. From Oscar Neimeyer's sinuous use of concrete to Kengo Kuma's innovative use of wood, which materials define some of the world's best known architects?

CRICOTEKA Museum of Tadeusz Kantor / Wizja + nsMoonStudio

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Kraków, Poland
  • Architects: Wizja Architects, nsMoonStudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3567
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Parking Building / JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

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Leioa, Spain
  • Architects: JAAM sociedad de arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  26800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Remembering Neimeyer: The Works of a Master

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!

Richard J Williams Talks Modernism & Sex

In this interview with BD, Richard J Williams discusses his recent book "Sex and Buildings," which analyses how some places, such as his home town of Edinburgh, "wear their morality on their sleeve," while other places. such as Brazil, have an idea that "modernism can be sexy." He also talks about the US attitudes to sex and modernism, bringing up the 'Playboy townhouse' of the 1960s and the TV show Mad Men, as well as architects Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and John Portman. You can read the full interview here.

DHUB. Barcelona Design Center / MBM Arquitectes

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: MBM Arquitectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  29352
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

The Complete Works of Oscar Niemeyer

Niemeyer Center in Spain. Photo © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre
Niemeyer Center in Spain. Photo © Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre

With his incredibly prolific portfolio of architecture, sculpture, furniture and design, the late Oscar Niemeyer truly left his mark on Brazil, and the world, over his 104 years. The Brazilian great is proof that quantity needn't destroy quality.

Check out the extensive list of Niemeyer's major works, after the break...

Church in Pampulha. Photo © Paul Clemence House at Canoas. Photo courtesy of ETSAM Matarazzo Pavilion. Photo © Flickr User ArtExplorer. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> Cathedral in Brazilia. Image © Flickr User el_floz. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> + 13

Ocaña Bar and Club in Barcelona / Ocaña

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: Ocaña
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Moritz Brewery / Jean Nouvel

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: Jean Nouvel

Church of Miribilla / IMB Arquitectos

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Bilbao, Spain
  • Architects: IMB Arquitectos

Bilbao Arena / ACXT

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  • Architects: ACXT / Javier Pérez Uribarri y Nicolás Espinosa Barrientos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  30808
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

Bilbao City Hall / IMB Arquitectos

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Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach

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  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  38091
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007