December 11, 2012

Modern Architecture says goodbye to Oscar Niemeyer

The World of Architecture says goodbye to a Brazilian genius, Oscar Niemeyer.  The great news is that he leaves behind not only dozens of striking buildings but his greatest legacy is having used his talent to create Brasilia.

I remember visiting Brasilia for the first time as a child.  The building I was most impressed by was Niemeyer's cathedral designed as two hands praying.  The inside was just as spectacular with an amazing open space and tinted blue glass creating beautiful reflections.  It was one of those moments where I felt at completely at awe, so much beauty to elevate a temple of worship.  For a 12 year-old boy, that was probably the moment I started falling in love with architecture.

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