oscar niemeyer, goodbye at 104
Oscar Niemeyer rejected the square box. Instead, he honoured the curves of nature and the human body in his buildings in Brazil, France, Italy and the U.S. Here’s a blossom in his memory…dropped from the massive Hibiscus in front of Niemeyer’s studio in Rio overlooking Copacabana Beach.
Lifting off: Niemeyer’s joyous curves at Maison de la culture du Havre, France. P. Michel Moch
Headquarters of the Communist Party, Paris, France. Niemeyer was a life-long Communist who apparently waived his design fees to create this building with its sci-fi, ethereal interiors.
Inside the rain forest outside of Rio, Niemeyer’s house (1953) is part shelter, part sensuous sculpture.
At poolside, a sculpture by Alfredo Ceschiatti. The female form inspired Niemeyer throughout his life. Obviously! When Frank Gehry visited him at his studio in Rio, Niemeyer showed him a series of pictures on his desk of beautiful women on the Rio beach…”one of her back, the next one of her stomach, the next one of her back, the next one on her stomach.”
What every home should have: Bookshelves rolling around a curved wall.
Niemeyer and I in his house…sadly, I had to leave Rio before his secretary returned my email confirming our meeting. Goodbye Oscar. Boa Noite.
Thanks Lisa: Oscar was a giant and his legecy will be long lasting. The curve in form has such a powerful meaning. So disappointing you did not meet him. Best regards and safe journey.
Excellent precis of Niemeyer’s place in the pantheon of great 20th century architects. Great picture of you; playfully ‘hammy’!!