Archinect - News 2017-08-19T18:37:29-04:00 New documentary portraits Sérgio Bernardes, Brazil's almost forgotten star Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T14:42:08-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>S&eacute;rgio Bernardes was a star of 60s Brazil, a brilliant architect and a mesmerising man. And then almost forgotten. His grandson has made a film to discover what happened</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Articulating Space: The Architecture of the São Paulo Biennial Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-11T14:01:32-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The S&atilde;o Paulo Biennial, which opened on September 6, is traditionally a contemporary art festival, but this year&rsquo;s event puts new emphasis on architecture. Chief curator Charles Esche commissioned nearly 70 percent of the exhibition&rsquo;s artworks, collaborating with a five-person curatorial team that included an architect for the first time in the biennial&rsquo;s 63-year history (fun fact: it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s second-oldest contemporary art biennial).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Back to the Future in Algeria Nam Henderson 2014-01-12T20:59:00-05:00 >2014-01-12T22:35:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="644" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not used to seeing this shape in our country...We haven&rsquo;t anything like this in Algeria. It&rsquo;s very beautiful. It&rsquo;s like a bird.&rdquo; - Mekki Damerdji, an architect and professor in Algiers</p></em><br /><br /><p> Julie Bosman highlighted the work of Jason Oddy who has photographed some of the lesser known projects of Oscar Niemeyer. Niemeyer, a Communist who fled to France following the military takeover of Brazil in 1964, designed 12 buildings in Algeria in the late 1960s although only 4 have been built to date.</p> Niemeyer's Latin America Memorial building hit by fire in Sao Paulo Archinect 2013-12-02T19:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T19:28:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Authorities in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, have fought a major blaze at a landmark building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. A large plume of smoke billowed from the Latin America Memorial, a cultural centre which hosts an art gallery, an auditorium and other facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Containers without Content Orhan Ayyüce 2013-07-22T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T20:25:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from being anchored in the local context, the project (the disastrous City of Culture of Galicia outside Santiago de Compostela, designed by Peter Eisenman) has decapitated Monte de Gaias and replaced it with a phony landscape with curves like those of a fun-fair roller coaster. These cynical intellectual manipulations cannot mask the reality of structures resembling supermarkets twisted about with algorithms and camouflaged with a thin veneer of granite (imported from Brasil!).</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a short sweet and illustrated article writer historian&nbsp;William J.R. Curtis puts several Bilbao effect projects in the trash can. It might as well be called "f..k content."</p> Editor's Picks #293 Nam Henderson 2012-12-11T02:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T12:26:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA as well as Folkwang Library by Max Dudler. The Folkwang Library took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself. Save Western pointed out "It looks like the original proposal was for actual marble, which came back astronomically expensive, so they VE'd to curtain wall instead."</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest in the Showcase series Archinect featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Villa Solaire by JKA + FUGA</a> as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folkwang Library by Max Dudler</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Villa Solaire in Pied de La Plagne, Morzine, France is an ancient farmhouse converted into a luxury rental villa. The project made use of a traditional technique of decorative cut-outs within the wood strips resulting in a uniform perforated cladding, which wraps the whole facade.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Folkwang Library located in Essen-Werden, Germany is an institutional project which , combined musicological programs/collections from three institutions under one roof. The Folkwang Library also took advantage of a special photographic/glazing technique to create the illusion of the facade being fashioned from the stone material itself.</p> <p> <strong>royc</strong> commented "<em>it's a bit too literal of a reinterpretation for me...I love the knife edge though, it's nicely done. I'd be really interested to see the interior of that space, with the stairs/atrium</em>". <strong>Save Western</strong> pointed out&nbsp;...</p> Oscar Niemeyer's LA house for Joseph and Anne Strick Archinect 2012-12-07T13:23:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:50:09-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="551" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... he did design one house in the US, "where he was long banned because of his leftist political associations," according to an Architectural Digest story from 2005. The 1963 Strick House sits on Santa Monica's architecture-packed La Mesa Drive, and it was designed via post--Niemeyer never visited the site or met Joseph and Anne Strick, who commissioned the house (Joseph was a filmmaker best known for his adaptation of Ulysses and in fact divorced Anne before the house was even finished).</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a> shared an interesting story about this house in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comments</a> from the news post announcing Niemeyer's death...<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>I wrote this a couple of years ago</em></p> <p> <em>Go Oscar go...102 years.</em></p> <p> <em>In 1964 Oscar Niemeyer designed a residence for the art doc and film director and also producer Joe Strick. I got to meet Joe Strick as he was partners with a friend of mine, screenwriter and director Fred Haines, who I invited and they arrived to party at the book launch of Voluptuous Panic held at Adam Parfrey's Echo Park house.</em></p> <p> <em>That was fun evening. Of course Parfrey and I asked Strick about working with Niemeyer but the owner and architect never did meet only corresponded.</em></p> <p> <em>Funny how it goes; Inventor and new cinema filmaker Stick hires a world famous architect Niemeyer to design a modern home in Los Angeles, then the Brazilian architect's only residence in North America. During construction Strick and his wife divorce. The property is sold and later forgotten, almost demolished, b...</em></p> Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer by Norman Foster Archinect 2012-12-06T11:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:51:07-05:00 <img src="" width="447" height="674" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oscar Niemeyer. He was an inspiration to me &ndash; and to a generation of architects. Few people get to meet their heroes and I am grateful to have had the chance to spend time with him in Rio last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For architects schooled in the mainstream Modern Movement, he stood accepted wisdom on its head. Inverting the familiar dictum that &lsquo;form follows function&rsquo;, Niemeyer demonstrated instead that, &lsquo;When a form creates beauty it becomes functional and therefore fundamental in architecture&rsquo;.</p> <p> It is said that when the pioneering Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin visited Brasilia he likened the experience to landing on a different planet. Many people seeing Niemeyer&rsquo;s city for the first time must have felt the same way. It was daring, sculptural, colourful and free - and like nothing else that had gone before. Few architects in recent history have been able to summon such a vibrant vocabulary and structure it into such a brilliantly communicative and seductive tectonic language.</p> <p> One cannot contemplate Brasilia&rsquo;s crown-like cathedral, for example, without being thrilled both by its formal dynamism and its structural economy, which combine to engender a sense almost of weightlessness from ...</p> Master Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passes away at 104 Paul Petrunia 2012-12-05T19:16:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T17:34:18-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>"I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein."</em> - Oscar Niemeyer, 2000, <em>The Curves of Time: The Memoirs of Oscar Niemeyer</em></p> <p> We are sad to announce that one of history's most talented, dedicated, inspirational, and passionate architects has passed away at the age of 104 years, 10 days before his 105th birthday. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oscar Niemeyer</a> has been in and out of the hospital a number of times this year due to complications related to various health issues, while never letting his focus deviate from his life's work.</p> <p> Some photos of Oscar Niemeyer, and his work, throughout the years...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Ministries Esplanade with several of Niemeyer's buildings: the Nati...</p> Remarkable projects come from remarkable people Archinect 2012-11-15T12:22:00-05:00 >2012-11-16T18:27:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Remarkable projects come from remarkable people and Inhotim is the creation of Bernardo Paz, a mining magnate who has lavishly installed his contemporary art collection across several hillsides in Minas Gerais, an estate of some 5000 acres. Paz has commissioned many architects, to make pavilions specially designed for individual artists, and others that house several artists&rsquo; works, all cushioned within the lush vegetation of a botanic garden.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Oscar Niemeyer teams up with Converse Archinect 2012-10-26T14:03:00-04:00 >2012-10-30T13:12:45-04:00 <img src="" width="570" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The man and the legend behind the concrete mecca known as Brasilia is a ripe 104 years of age, and though he was reported to have been &ldquo;a bit dehydrated&rdquo; at Rio&rsquo;s Hospital Samaritano where he was hospitalized last week (he is thankfully &ldquo;fine,&rdquo; as doctors told ABC News), Niemeyer&rsquo;s old age has not precluded his latest project, a collaboration with sneaker mega-brand Converse.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Oscar Niemeyer turns 104 today Archinect 2011-12-15T12:24:00-05:00 >2012-11-11T00:26:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The man who was awarded the 1988 Pritzker Prize continues to devote his afternoons to working on new projects, including a theatre with a capacity for 2 500 people on Flamengo Park, near Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain. "I came up with a solution that is capable of prompting surprise and attracting the public: a magnificent dome which would be built before the Sugarloaf Mountain," he recently wrote.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Spain's €44m Niemeyer centre is shut in galleries glut Archinect 2011-10-04T13:26:26-04:00 >2011-10-04T14:24:41-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A dazzling &euro;44 million (&pound;37.7m) arts centre in the northern Spanish city of Avil&eacute;s is to close after six months amid political squabbling as the country asks itself what to do with a glut of glittering new museums. The Niemeyer centre, which was designed by the celebrated 103-year-old Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, was intended to have the same impact on the industrial Cantabrian sea port as the Guggenheim museum has had on Bilbao, 150 miles to the east.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Niemeyer’s still got it. Paul Petrunia 2011-04-21T12:53:00-04:00 >2012-11-11T00:26:14-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower is unmistakably a Niemeyer creation. Standing tall in the heat of Brazil&rsquo;s interior, it&rsquo;s concrete dressed in a whitewash, the tower, like all his other creations looks as if it has been plucked from a 1960s conception of a city on the moon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The Buzz from Brazil</em>, reports on Torre Digital TV Tower, 104-year-old Oscar Niemeyer's latest project in Brasilia. News via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this discussion</a>.</p> Oscar Neimeyer's Samba Paul Petrunia 2010-12-06T14:55:00-05:00 >2012-11-11T00:37:34-05:00 <img src="" width="350" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I don&rsquo;t known where I find the time to play around with this, but my samba is just foolishness, a bit of fun, but nothing important," Niemeyer said in an interview published Saturday in the daily O Globo.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Oscar Neimeyer may have found the key to old age - positivity. To write a samba at the age of 102, while laying in a hospital bed titled "Tranquilo con la Vida" (Feeling Good about Life), is the sign of a special individual. The lyrics by Neimeyer will be performed by musicians Edu Krieger and Caio Almeida on December 15, his 103rd birthday.</p> Brazilian architect Niemeyer back in hospital Paul Petrunia 2010-04-26T19:58:00-04:00 >2012-11-11T00:28:26-05:00 <img src="" width="237" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 102-year-old Brazilian architect has been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons..</p></em><br /><br /><p> A health official says renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has been hospitalized again in Rio de Janeiro.<br><br> A Hospital Samaritano spokeswoman says she does not have details on the 102-year-old architect's condition.<br><br> She spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to be named under hospital rules.<br><br> Niemeyer spent more than three weeks in the same facility last October with an irregular heartbeat.<br><br> Weeks earlier, he underwent gallstone surgery and had an intestinal tumor removed.<br><br> Niemeyer designed much of Brazil's futuristic capital, Brasilia, and Rio's Sambadrome, where the annual carnival parade is held. He also helped design the United Nations building in New York City.</p> Oscar Niemeyer, stable after surgery MADianito 2009-09-29T22:27:00-04:00 >2012-05-14T17:58:59-04:00 <p> After his first night out of intensive care, the Brazilian architect of 101 years has a stable status. Last Thursday he got a gallbladder surgery</p> <p> Oscar Niemeyer at age 101, was reported stable after surgery in Rio de Janeiro, no date still for him to leave the hospital.</p> <p> via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA NACION</a> and in spanish.</p>