Monday, 26 April 2010

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Brasilia : /the Congress (Parliament)/
|Congresso Nacional do Brasil|, Oscar Niemeyer


12 comments:

  1. Cool shot. It looks like a simulation of the architect and not like the real thing. Weird.

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  2. Thanks. What you say usually means that the colours are too saturated. I don't think that this is the case here, actually (perhaps the green is a wee bit bright?). The light in Brasilia is very strong (certainly with comparison to anywhere in Northern Europe) and does contribute to giving this slightly surreal look to the picture...

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  3. This looks great, but at the same time I wonder where is the emotion? Why does it need to be perfect? In other words I don't see any organic shape, something that shows flaws or randomness.

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  4. I have not answered your previous message because I have found it difficult to pinpoint exactly what I like about Niemeyer's architecture. Today's question is far easier to answer: the emotion lies in the beauty, in the creativity, it lies in the boldness & the daring. The design itself is breathtaking. These are extremely difficult shapes to combine (vertical, horizontal, lines, curves), and they are very masterfully combined. Not one man in a billion can do that.

    I guess this is what I like about Niemeyer, actually: his architecture is very close to pure design, like most of my favourite works of architecture (Les Invalides, l'Ecole Militaire, l'Institut de France in Paris, the Senate House in Cambridge, the Tempietto in Rome, the Doges' palace in Venice to name a few that spring to mind immediately). I also like that it is not "pretty" design, it is not "easy" to like, yet it is not very austere (or brutalist) either.

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  5. oh wow! one of the things i wanna do before i turn 30 is go to brasil :)

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  6. Then you definitely should go! It may be a long trip but it is well worth the expense (time and money!)

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  7. I am afraid we have different concepts of emotion then! But fair enough! The world would be boring if we all would think like-wise :)

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  8. Dennis: indeed!
    delojoalcerebro: thanks.

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  9. Thank you! I tried to avoid making too much of a postcard. Not sure that I managed...

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  10. Great post I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this interesting and knowledgeable article.
    Lampes

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