Brazil is full of lush places, where every building tells a few of its stories. There are several cities where the colonial, modernist, natural and urban architecture are also present today. However, there is no way to learn about the brazilian architecture without speaking of consecrated architect Oscar Niemeyer and his works.
Its signature is everywhere, all over the country. His designs include the main monumental works that are part of the identity of Brasília, the federal capital. And even when you're outside the classic tourist route, it is possible to bump into one of his projects, perhaps smaller yet very charming.
Get ready for a trip in the curves and magnificence of historical works. The modern brazilian architecture will be always around, no matter where you are, dear traveler.
Igrejinha de Nossa Senhora de Fátima [Church] – Brasília
First masonry temple of Brasilia, the church was designed by Oscar Niemeyer at the request of First Lady Sarah Kubitschek, wife of then-President Juscelino Kubitschek , who wished to keep a promise made on behalf of his daughter’s health. The chapel, whose architecture refers to the hat of the nuns, was built in 100 days. In its interior and the façade carry blue tiles by Athos Bulcão.
Palácio da Alvorada [Alvorada Palace] – Brasília
First building built in masonry in Brasilia, the Palace is featured among the most important buildings of the brazilian architectural modernism. Located on the edge of Lake Paranoá, on a peninsula, it is home to the official residence of the President. The Palace has external columns that resemble hammocks set up on balconies, like the ones that outlined the colonial mansions.
Conjunto da Pampulha – Belo Horizonte
When Juscelino Kubitschek was elected Mayor of the State capital, Belo Horizonte, he called the architect Oscar Niemeyer to design a whole neighborhood devoted to leisure, including casino, club, church and restaurants. The Pampulha project, inspired by the curves of the Baroque art, was conceived and designed in one night and is one of the must-see attractions of the city.
Passarela do Samba – Rio de Janeiro
Popularly known as Sambadrome, the heart of the Rio Carnival is located on Marques de Sapucaí avenue, in the marvelous city, namely, Rio de Janeiro. At the end of the walkway, the grandstands separate to open space to the monumental Praça da Apoteose, marked by a large arch. The place also houses the Museum of Samba.
Museum of Contemporary Art – Niterói (RJ)
The Museum of Contemporary Art has an unbuilt area, highlighting the almost abstract shapes of the building, which seems to float over the landscape.
Ibirapuera – São Paulo
Edifício Copan – São Paulo
A wave in the center of the metropolis in honor of São Paulo. The Copan Building is like that: the robustness of reinforced concrete is broken by the winding lightness of the modern design.