Thursday, June 12, 2014
Bend it like Niemeyer: 10 of the best buildings in Brazil
Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012) was a modernist concrete poet. But most of all he was king of the curve. The curves in his buildings were attempts to show his devotion to the female form. They call the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba (1967-2003) "The Eye", but it speaks with the sinuous slither of a hip, a thigh or a breastBrasília's Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida (1970) shares some characteristics with Frederick Gibberd's spiky one in Liverpool. It rains less in Brasília though – those huge blue skies flood light on to white concrete and pick out the space-age shapes that Niemeyer loved to play around with. .