, the greatest Brazilian architect who helped to shape the 20th century and mankind’s vision of the future, died on Wednesday aged 104, ten days before his 105th
birthday. The celebrated Brazilian architect whose flowing designs infused Modernism with a new sensuality and captured the imaginations of generations of architects around the world.
His curvaceous, lyrical, hedonistic forms helped shape a distinct national architecture and a modern identity for Brazil that broke with its colonial and baroque past. Yet his influence extended far beyond his country. Even his lesser works were a counterpoint to reductive notions of Modernist architecture as blandly functional.
Niemeyer, who began his career in the 1930s, was known for a distinctive style marked by sweeping curves, which he once famously said were inspired by Brazilian women.
“When you have a large space to conquer, the curve is the natural solution,” he said. “I once wrote a…