Oscar Niemeyer
1907-2012

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Oscar Niemeyer

News: Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has died in Rio de Janeiro aged 104.

Niemeyer, an inspiration to generations of young Brazilian architects, is best known for designing most of the civic and government building of Brasilia, including the Roman Catholic Cathedral that earned him the 1988 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

He began working as an architect in the 1930s and was influenced by the work of Le Corbusier, although he claimed to be more interested in free-flowing curves than straight lines and modelled a number of his buildings around the figure of a woman's body.

In his home town of Rio de Janeiro, Niemeyer's many projects include the Sambadrome carnival stadium, while others in Brazil encompass the Museum of Contemporary Art across the bay in Niterói and his early Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Belo Horizonte.

Over the course of his nine-decade career he was also responsible for the design of many buildings outside of Brazil, such as the U.N. Secretariat in New York and the Communist Party headquarters in Paris.

Despite his age, Niemeyer never retired from his studio, completing the Centro Niemeyer museum in Spain early last year and more recently designing a collection of sneakers for shoe brand Converse.

The architect had been battling kidney and stomach problems and died of respiratory failure on Wednesday.

Brazil's largest newspaper first announced the news and have named Niemeyer "the concrete poet", while Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes has declared three days of mourning.

See all our stories about Oscar Niemeyer, including images of some of his most famous projects that come to life when seen through 3D glasses.

  • Yem

    “Architecture does not change anything. It’s always on the side of the wealthy. The important thing is to believe that it can make life better.”

    Thank you Oscar… for everything.

  • Colonel Pancake

    The guy in Brasilia will surely be upset about this.

  • Piti

    Goodbye Oscar – one of the greatest architects.

    • Mina

      Have we asked ourselves: What if Niemeyer was not Brazilian? Would it have changed the impact he had in the history of architecture?

  • ramon

    A real master.

  • Tommy

    An inspiration for generations past and generations to come. May God rest his soul.

  • ubisap

    R.I.P. Oscar! Thank you for being such a great architect, inspiring me so many times.

  • http://twitter.com/Eo267 @Eo267

    "As the world has lost one today, but his influences will continue tomorrow. A great architect knows only one retirement and that is his death".

    My respect to Oscar Niemeyer.

  • pankaj

    Will miss you!

  • unrhf

    Thank you sir Niemeyer. We always loved you and your grateful works.

  • http://guilhermedesa.com Guilherme

    The Church of Saint Francis of Assis is not located in Rio de Janeiro, but in Belo Horizonte, were Niemeyer started his collaboration with Jucelino Kubitschek, years before the construction of Brasília.

    • http://www.dezeen.com Dezeen

      Of course you're correct, my apologies. We've amended the story. Amy/Dezeen

  • Filipe

    I will miss you forever! Saudades para sempre.

  • foad shahsavari

    Thank you Oscar, for everything, thanks.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Because being passionate about what you do is the best anti-oxidant you’ll ever find. Thank you for being an inspiration, Mr. Niemeyer. Vá com Deus.

  • omnicrom

    Obrigado, Oscar.

  • ilham

    Architecture is not a profession, it’s life.
    Sir Niemeyer is the sun of our world.
    Thank you Oscar, for everything.

  • efj

    If one ever has the chance to go to the Museu de Arte Contemporane the setting is amazing.

    Thank you for your imagination: http://www.niemeyer.org.br/