Basic Architecture: Niemeyer


Author Philip Jodidio
Publisher Taschen
Date 2016
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.3 in., 96 pages
With rich illustrations documenting highlights from Oscar Niemeyer's (Brazilian, 1907–2012) prolific career, this book introduces his unique vision and its transformative influence on buildings of business, faith, culture, and the public imagination of Brazil.

Niemeyer’s work took the reduced forms of modernism and infused them with free-flowing grace. In place of pared-down starkness, his structures rippled with sinuous and seductive lines. In buildings such as the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Edifício Copan, or the Metropolitan Cathedral in Brasília, he brought curvaceousness to the concrete jungle. In the futuristic federal capital of Brasília, he designed almost all public buildings, and thus became integral to the global image of Brazil.