Oscar Niemeyer: 1907-2012

Niemeyer Brasilia

Brilliant Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who designed some of the 20th Century’s most famous modernist buildings, died on Wednesday, 5 December at the age of 104.

He continued to work on new projects until early in 2012, and had even attended the unveiling of his new stand at the sambrodomo in Rio de Janeiro, the site of Rio’s annual carnival parade.

Niemeyer’s work can be seen across Brazil, but is especially well represented in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and, of course, Brasilia.

A student of Le Corbusier, with whom he worked on the UN building in New York, Niemeyer developed a distinctive style defined by stark concrete and sweeping curves. Curves he said were inspired by Brazilian women.

Obituary: Financial Times