Oscar Niemeyer “Conscious Inspiration” 1
Architects throughout the world were invited in 1960 to design a Cathedral for Liverpool. Sir Frederick Gibberd’s design was chosen, and building began in October 1962. Less than five years later 1967, the Cathedral was completed.
Sir Frederick Gibberd Architect
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool
England 1960 – 1967
Oscar Niemeyer Architect
Cathedral of Brasília
Brazil,established 1958, inaugurated in 1960 , Completed: May, 1970
Oscar Niemeyer’s Cathedral of Brasília is often compared to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Both are circular with high spires that extend from the top. However, the sixteen spires on Niemeyer’s cathedral are flowing boomerang shapes, suggesting hands with curved fingers reaching toward heaven .
The exterior of the cathedral resembles the circular plan and ribbed structure of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, but the latter is clad in solid material, while the Cathedral of Brasília allows light in and out for almost the full height of the ribs
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