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Rio de Janeiro Born Architect Oscar Niemeyer Passes

Posted: Jan. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Gustavo Capanema Palace
Marcos Leite Almeida

A huge influential figure in Brazilian architecture and native born in Rio de Janeiro has passed after a long life designing visually astonishing and modern buildings. Oscar Niemeyer has died at the age of 104 but has left his work behind in Rio and neighboring cities for the world to continue appreciating.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The architectural community lost one of its greatest luminaries December 5th with the death of Oscar Niemeyer, whose famous building designs are known the world over. Eschewing conventional straight edges and block structures in favor of flowing curves, Niemeyer’s work combined Brazilian flair with modernist architecture.

Oscar Niemeyer in 1939 designed the Gustavo Capanema Palace in Rio, Brazil News


A young Oscar Niemeyer led the design in 1939 of the Gustavo Capanema Palace in Rio, photo by Marcos Leite Almeida/Wikimedia Creative Commons License.


Born in Rio de Janeiro on December 15, 1907, Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho started his career in the Cidade Maravilhosa. Although his most famous work is in Brasília, Rio hosts numerous architectural treasures that bear Niemeyer’s trademark curves and modernist vision.


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