Sad news for the design world as renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer dies at the age of 104. A pioneer in the development of modernist architecture and urban planning, he shaped the look of contemporary Brazil and his explorations of reinforced concrete and its aesthetic possibilities pioneered its use in modern architecture.
He designed many of the world’s most famous modernist buildings and was the visionary behind Brazil’s futuristic capital city, Brasilia. He turned away from the rule driven steel box, that was the hallmark of many modernist architects and instead found inspiration in nature’s undulating lines and shapes. His work remains fresh and daringly future driven to this day and has been highly influential on generations of architects, including; Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando and Toyo Ito.
“We hated Bauhaus. It was a bad time in architecture. They just didn’t have any talent. All they had were rules. Even for knives and forks they created rules. Picasso would never have accepted rules. The house is like a machine? No! The mechanical is ugly. The rule is the worst thing. You just want to break it.”