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Oscar Niemeyer “Conscious Inspiration” 1

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2011 by eliinbar

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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Le Corbusier & Oscar Niemeyer – The Power of the Open Hand

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , on January 7, 2011 by eliinbar

Open hand in Chandigarh, India is one of the most significant monuments of the city.

 The credit for laying down its plan goes to Le Corbusier.

 Chandigarh open hand monument has been designed in the form of a giant hand made from metal sheets that rotates like a weathercock, indicating the direction of wind.. The significance of open hand is that it conveys the social message of peace and unity that is “open to give & open to receive.” Open hand is the city’s official emblem,

 it was designed in the 1950s by Le Corbusier.

Le Corbusier “Open Hand” Chandigarh



The Memorial of Latin America was inaugurated in March 1989.

 It is a complex space of 85,000 square meters designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

 Situated in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, it is a place where Latin culture is celebrated.

Oscar Niemeyer Memorial of Latin American Complex

Oscar Niemeyer – “Conscious Inspiration” ?….

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , on January 5, 2011 by eliinbar

Oscar Niemeyer talks about learning architecture and “inspiration”:

And how is this campaign happening?
I’ve talked with teachers, academics, journalists, young architects—anyone who crosses my way and wants to “talk about architecture.” Pay attention, kids, you can’t graduate and just dedicate your life to being a good architect. That is bullshit. You need to find an original way to think and to be informed about everything daily. Read, read, read, and read.

(You’ve been working intensely all these years; what inspires you? This thing called inspiration is not important to me at all. The other day as I was drawing a project, when I sat in front of the desk I already knew what I was going to do. I thought about it for many days, about each possibility, each solution, about the fact that I wanted to do something different. Architecture, to me, is invention. Go to Brasília—you may or may not enjoy my projects, but I dare you to find something similar

See the full interview with Oscar Niemeyer at:


Casino & Casino Park Hotel. Funchal, Madeira

These project started in 1966 and was built in the 1970′s. Oscar Niemeyer worked from Paris and formed a partnership with Portuguese architect Viana de Lima.


 A memorial to President of the United States John Kennedy

built in the Jerusalem mountains

 according to the design of  architect  David Resnick  in 1966


Oscar Niemeyer says “You need to find an original way to think and to be informed about everything daily“. 

I agree with him….

Today it is all here…. in the WEB…. Availability of the “architecture information” …. as i show in my posts,   probably affects the planning processes and thinking of the modern architectects.

Conscious Inspiration” is a method that will give the new generation of architects   the tools to cope with the abundance of information, and Create quality and creative architecture….as Oscar Niemeyer says “invention Architecture



Oscar Niemeyer “Joyous inspiration curves” part two

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by eliinbar

See also the previous post….

and the post  “Buildings with three-dimensional floor“-

Oscar Niemeyer Architect

 University of Constantine auditorium

Algeria 1968


SANAA Architects

Rolex Learning Center

Lausanne, Switzerland 2004-2010


from eliinbar’s  sketchbook 2011 

Note the symilarity in the shape of the ceilings and The change in the foors…. 

Oscar Niemeyer “Joyous inspiration curves” part one

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , on January 3, 2011 by eliinbar

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho (born December 15, 1907) is a Brazilian architect specializing in international modern architecture. He is a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact.

His buildings are often characterized by being spacious and exposed, mixing volumes and empty space to create unconventional patterns and often propped up by pilotis. Both lauded and criticized for being a “sculptor of monuments”, he has been praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generationby his supporters.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Oscar Niemeyers’  quotes:

1.  “Curves attracted me, especially free and sensual ones that evoked memories of old baroque churches. A curve is a beautiful line, logical and gracious, but only if it is well structured and drawn”.

2.” It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman”.

3.” When planning the government buildings for Brasilia I decided they should be characterized by their own structures within the prescribed shapes.  In this way, the smaller details of rationalist architecture would vanish in the face of the overpowering shapes of the new edifices.
I tried to push the potential of concrete to its limits, especially at the load-bearing points which I wanted to be as delicate as possible so that it would seem as if the palaces barely touched the

Oscar Niemeyer Architect

 Casa do Baile  dancehall and restaurant

Pampulha, Brazil  1940

Oscar Niemeyer about Casa Do Baile : “It all began with my first thoughts on Panpulha.  I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves and new shapes made possible by the introduction of concrete into the building process”.


SANAA – kazuyo Sejima & associates

 civic center of Onishi

 Gumma, Japan 2003-05 

quotes from a conversation with SANAA: 

is there any architects and/or designer from the
past you appreciate a lot?

s: a lot.
n: le corbusier, mies van der rohe, Oscar Niemeyer
these are an unforgetable ‘trio’ for me.

describe your style, like a good friend of yours
would describe it

n: coherant, consistant, always doing the same thing.
one of our contants big concerns is how
to create a
relation between the inside and outside, this is very
important for us to think about.
s: and also proportion. I mean not ‘good proportion’ but
the size and if it fits into that area.
when we use glass or a screen or a concrete wall,
this depends mostly on the area.

Oscar Niemeyer & SANAA  from eliinbar’s  sketchbook 2011


Geronimo ….thanks for the opportunity to learn  a  fascinating  example of “Conscious Inspiration”..….