The Work of Oscar Niemeyer


By Stamo Papadaki.

A very scarce book on the great Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer early career, dating from the late 1930s to 1950. A one-time student of Lucio Costa an Le Corbusier, Niemeyer was one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture and his exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential. An Artist-Architect, he was able to overcome the stern realities of architectural problems. From the books intro: “...the dictates of the terrain, the demands of the building program, the commands of technology, the availability of skills and the choice of materials, the restrictions of budget and the incoherencies of the client - all become with Niemeyer the subjects of a miraculous metamorphosis, the elements of a lyrical act.”

Indeed his abstract forms and curves often incorporated artistic details – our favourite being his Church of Saint Francis in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. With its undulating form, covered by a mural of blue ceramic tiles, which often fused with the colour of the sky, it was condemned by the Archbishop of the region as “the devil's bomb shelter”. This fantastic book includes reproductions including photographs, plans and drawings of this and other seminal Niemeyer buildings.

Publication date: 1950

Publisher: Reinhold

Details: Hardcover with dust jacket. 1st Edition. 220p.

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