The Oscars: Part II

Following on from our earlier post ‘The Oscars’, we have continued our Oscar Niemeyer pilgrimage in Brasilia.

Niemeyer designed nearly all of Brasilia’s significant buildings, from the angular governmental buildings of the late 1950s to the Brasilia Digital Television Tower in 2012. During the development of Brasilia, Niemeyer became an international star(chitect). So much so, any new buildings proposed for Brasilia had to be approved by him personally, prior to being constructed (including the new football stadium built for the World Cup).

Niemeyer clearly believed in extraterrestrials; seemingly setting out to design buildings that would appeal to any alien visitors to this planet; embracing the use of curved forms, ramps, cantilevered bridges and buttresses.

He worked right up to his death at age 104, in 2012. Perhaps this is evidence of what an amazing job being an Architect would be if you don’t have to deal with Planners and Building Control. He certainly wouldn’t have got away with those ramps in the UK, which are definitely not DDA compliant!

Pictures, and time lapse, paint a thousand words so read on –

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3 thoughts on “The Oscars: Part II

  1. Great photos and what a fantastic building! ramps that go somewhere! a bit jetsons! We just got your postcard to the Team today. Thank you! Jo read it out loud for us 😀

    • We’re pleased you’re enjoying the pics! We have a Nikon Coolpix AW110 and a Go Pro Silver. We’re getting to grips with some of the more interesting functions so watch this space.

      We also have a mount for the Go Pro, designed to withstand speeds of up to 150mph, for the bike which may yield some interesting images. Will just have to limit our speed.

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