Yesterday the world lost one of it’s great architects. Oscar Niemeyer died at the distinguished age of 104.
Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro, on December 15 1907. A graduate of Escola Nacional de Belas Artes, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design Niemeyer cut his teeth working for his father’s typography house and as a draftsman for local architects in Rio de Janeiro. His style was definitively modern, yet it possessed a sensual quality that softened it against modernisms sometimes cold hard edges. Even past 100 Niemeyer still continued to work and go to his office daily, working on planning new buildings including an auditorium for Brasília. There are quite a few memorials, and obituaries being posted online today, and while I could expound on his genius and talent, I’ll leave that to others. Instead the video below is a 2010 documentary about Niemeyer produced and directed by Sérgio Alexandre Martins Celeste. It’s a full length film, but worth watching if you are into architecture, or design.