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Oscar Niemeyer, Selected Projects

Oscar Niemeyer, Selected Projects

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    Imagens AMB

    Ministry of Education and Health building, Rio de Janeiro, 1943.

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    Bernardo Gouvêa

    Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1943.

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    Sarah and Iain

    Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1943.

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    Steve Cadman

    United Nations Headquarters, New York, 1953.

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    Library of Congress

    United Nations Headquarters, New York, 1953.

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    Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz

    National Congress Building, Brasília, Brazil, 1960.

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    João Felipe

    Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil, 1960.

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    Ugkoeln

    Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil, 1960.

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    Cayambe

    Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil, 1960. Interior.

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    Eric Gaba

    City Museum, Brasília, Brazil, 1960.

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    Uri Rosenheck

    Palácio do Planalto, Brasília, Brazil,1960.

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    Palácio do Planalto, Brasília, Brazil,1960.

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    Florian Knorn

    National Museum of the Republic, Brasília , Brazil, 1960.

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    Silvio Tanaka

    Edifício Copan, São Paulo, Brazil, 1966.

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    Victorgrigas

    Edifício Copan, São Paulo, Brazil, 1966.

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    Luciomon

    Mondadori Group headquarters, Milan, 1975.

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    Rodrigo_Soldon

    Museum of Modern Art at Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, 1996.

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    Eduardo P

    Museum of Modern Art at Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, 1996.

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    Phx de

    Museum of Modern Art at Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, 1996.

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    Morio

    Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil, 2002.

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    Mauricio Mercer

    Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil, 2002.

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    Zarateman

    Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés, Spain, 2011.

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    Zarateman

    Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés, Spain, 2011.

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    H. Stern

    Oscar Niemeyer-designed jewelry for Brazilian jeweler H. Stern

In his appreciation of Oscar NiemeyerVanity Fair writer Paul Goldberger tries to put his finger on just why the death of the famed Brazilian architect has meant so much to so many people—most of whom, surely the majority of whom, have never set foot in Brasília. 

"You could call Niemeyer the last of the true believers, but he was more than that: an extraordinary blend of passion, arrogance, and naivety, seasoned, I suspect, with more than a little craftiness," Goldberger writes. "Other than his mentor, Le Corbusier, whose name was inextricably connected to modern architecture in France, I cannot think of a modern architect whose career was so profoundly tied in the public mind to the life and culture of his country. Niemeyer was not just an architect who came from Brazil; he was Brazil, as much as Pele or the samba."

Maybe there is something to that. His fans are not merely remembering Niemeyer; they are grieving for a national symbol of Brazil. At any rate, the outpouring of affection for Niemeyer continues over social media. ARCHITECT has collected just a few examples of Twitter tributes to Niemeyer.