100 Years of Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer - 1972

Earlier this month an icon of modern design and architecture celebrated his 100th birthday. , the highly regarded and respected Brazilian architect, turned 100 on December 15th. He was an early innovator and pioneer in the use of reinforced concrete, and his stunning work blankets the cities of Brazil, but especially in , the newly conceived capital city for Brazil for which he famously did the planning. Neimeyer continues to practice architecture (old architects never die…), and is active in projects that include a new city in Algiers and a cultural center for Avila, Spain.

Niemeyer is a committed communist, having joined the Brazilian Communist Party in 1945, and an atheist. Fidel Castro once exclaimed that “Niemeyer and I are the last Communists of this planet.” That aside, he began practicing architecture in 1934 and maintains a nearly 75 year legacy of design and innovation in the practice. Some images of Niemeyer’s work:


The Palácio da Alvorada, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, was the first building to be inaugurated in Brasília, in 1958 (two years before the official inauguration of the city).

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Theater in Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil, which opened in October 2005, in a park Niemeyer designed in the early 1950s.

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Oscar Niemeyer Museum (NovoMuseu), in Curitiba, Brazil, completed in 2002

2 Responses to “100 Years of Oscar Niemeyer”

  1. Says:

    It is wonderful to see Niemeyer continue his engagement with built work at 100+. His (younger) contemporaries (Starck & Ito) are not alone with holding true to their tenacious visions for a real (physical) engagement through architecture… the other big A.

  2. John Schneider Says:

    The other big A, indeed. Seemingly equally as controversial, and equally ideal.

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