Friday, December 07, 2012

OSCAR NIEMEYER (1907- 2012)




All photos of Copan Building in São Paulo City, were taken by Carlos A. Mascaro.  

Oscar Niemeyer (Rio de Janeiro, 12/15/1907 - Rio de Janeiro, 12/5/2012) is the most famous Brazilian architect and he is considered one of the most important names in International Modern Architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, capital of the country since 1960. Oscar Niemeyer (Rio de Janeiro, 15/12/1907 - Rio de Janeiro, 5/12/2012) é um dos mais famosos arquitetos brasileiros, considerado também um dos mais importantes nomes da Moderna Arquitetura Internacional. Seus trabalhos mais conhecidos são os dos edifícios públicos que projetou para a cidade de Brasília, capital do país desde 1960.


Copan Building, Avenida Ipiranga. Height, 140 m 459 ft, Floors, 40. Construction end 1953. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer.
Amazing facts:
1) The building name was inspired by a Mayan Temple in Honduras. O nome do edifpicio foi inspirado pelo Templo Maia em Honduras.
2) The condominium has 107 employees to serve and maintain the building. O condomínio tem 107 empregados para serviços e manutenção.
3) Due to the large number of residents, the city hall gave the building its own ZIP code. Dado o grande número de moradores, o prédio tem um CEP especial.
4) According to IBGE, (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), a major research institute in Brazil, the building has a larger population than 547 cities in the country. De acordo com o IBGE, o edifício tem uma população maior do que 547 cidades no país. (via Emporis Buildings)

To see another posts I did about Oscar Niemeyer, please, click here, here  and here.

10 comments:

Gardens at Waters East said...

Thanks for sharing today. He was indeed great. Wonderful forms. Jack

Al said...

That is an imposing building. I have to admit, I wouldn't want to live in such a large building, I need some space around me. And I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't like my loud music if I lived there!

Thérèse said...

What a genius! THe cathedral is Brasilia is something incredibly beautiful! All these curves... SO pure, so Unique!
I was wondering if you were going to post something... :-)

georgia little pea said...

I heard about his death on the news yesterday. He lived to a very good old age. Was he residing in France towards the end?

The Copan building is amazing. Large enough for its own zip code hahaha! That's big.

altadenahiker said...

Like others here, I heard about his death on the news and my first thought was, "I've got to email Sonia." I remembered an earlier post, and the zip code. These photos are spectacular, particularly second from last and last. Stairway to the sky. Will spend some serious time on the links. Thank you and Carlos.

David Thompson said...

Fantastic post. The Copan building is magnificent.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I thought of you when I read that he had died. I remember the post you did about him, and I never firgot that this very HUGE Building had it's own Zip Code! It is such a very BEAUTIFUL Building---so graceful and I love the curves of it! His death is certainly a huge loss to your country and to the whole world! Such a Great Great Architect!

Terry said...

Those curves are amazing!
I can't imagine a building big enough to have its own zip code!

lis said...

Oi Sonia
Um homem admirável , não só pelo seu talento que é singular ,mas por sua dignidade, sua postura de vida.
Nunca o vimos envolvidos em disse-me-disse da mídia,
O Brasil fica menos sinuoso menos bonito com a ausencia dele,
Vivo clicando o MAC na praia de Icaraí, em Niteroi_ postei umas fotos outro dia sem imaginar que o perderíamos logo, e outra como homeagem.
passa lá pra ver _ está no 'http://lis-simplesmentelis.blogspot.com.br/ '
fotos maravilhosas essas do Edificio ,Sonia,
espetaculares,ele deixou uma marca indelével.

abraços e bom sábado

Cafe Pasadena said...

I came to visit your blog.
I love this and your other architectural photos!

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