The last of the Modernists

This week the last of the original Modernists, Oscar Niemeyer, died at age 104. Oscar Niemeyer was a Brazilian architect who designed most of the buildings in Brasília, the federal capital of Brazil. Together with Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe he was one of the architects who defined the postwar architecture of the late 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. He designed the UN Headquarters in New York together with Le Corbusier and Wallace Harrison (more).

Team UN NewYork

Niemeyer in a few quotes

I’ve build 23 churches and I’m an atheist.

I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein.

On You Tube I found this beautiful tribute:

The featured image shows the construction works for the Cathedral of Brasília (source) His most famous building in Brasília and a perfect example of his love for free-flowing curves.

Oscar Niemeyer

If you want to learn more about his work, you should definitely check out the site of his office. There you can find brief fact files about his life, constructions and relevant facts for Brazil and the world.