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Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned...
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Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil’s capital in 1960.
In the space of a few months, Niemeyer designed residential, commercial and government buildings.

Among them were the residence of the President (Palácio da Alvorada), the chamber of deputies, the National Congress of Brazil, the Cathedral of Brasília (a hyperboloid structure), diverse ministries. Viewed from above, the city can be seen to have elements that repeat themselves in every building, achieving a formal unity.

It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve – the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.

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Brasília was designed, constructed, and inaugurated within four years. After its completion, Niemeyer was named chief of the college of architecture of the University of Brasília. In 1963, he became an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in the United States; the same year, he received the Lenin Peace Prize from the USSR.





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