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.

-Oscar Niemeyer

A devotee of the motto 'Form follows beauty', Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Centro Niemeyer, Avilés, Asturias. 

First: vintage photograph of Oscar Niemeyer‘s architecture.

A devotee of the motto 'Form follows beauty', Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

The tower: a circular viewpoint over the estuary with external spiral staircase.

Oscar Niemeyer, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907, has undoubtedly been one of the most revolutionary figures in the field of modern architecture. Known especially for his works in Brasilia in 1956, the construction of the new capital of Brazil together with Lucio Costa, his career has left countless iconic works around the world.

A devotee of the motto ‘Form follows beauty’, Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process. Architecture was invention. He denied the straight and boring lines that were usually found in classical constructions, and he looked for the curve, which as he said was what the universe was made of, he looked for the sinuous, to reinvent constructions.

A devotee of the motto 'Form follows beauty', Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Oscar Niemeyer’s drawing & Centro Niemeyer location.

Expiral staircase on The Tower viewpoint.

With a long life, the architect died in 2012 leaving architectural works such as the Cathedral of Brasilia, the Casino of Funchal (Portugal), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói or the International Oscar Niemeyer Cultural Center in Asturias.

The Niemeyer Center, which is the only work of the architect in Spain and one of the few that the architect made in Europe, is located in the estuaries of the town of Avilés, Spain. Its modernist design contrasts with the industrial image and the historic center of the town.

A devotee of the motto 'Form follows beauty', Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Square of Centro Niemeyer. 

Vintage photograph of The Dome, used as auditorium.

The Centro Niemeyer project stands out by bringing together many of the characteristics of the architect’s previous works: the large spaces, the white and gray concrete that stands out with colors inspired by the BAUHAUS, and the sinuous curves of the buildings.

In 1989, at the age of 82, Niemeyer received the Prince of Asturias Award of the Arts. Then he began drawing the plans for the Niemeyer Center in 2006 for the 25th anniversary of the awards. Niemeyer called his work “a square open to everyone, a place for education, culture and peace”, which began to be built in 2008 and was finally inaugurated in 2011, when the architect was 103 years old.

Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Noelia Blas on Niemeyer construction.

For me beauty is valued more than anything – the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or in an act of creativity.

-Oscar Niemeyer

Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Woman drawing of Oscar Niemeyer on the wall of Centro Niemeyer.

Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

High angle shot, looking down from the staircase, and The Dome.

Curves in the buildings and in the lines that the architect has drawn since childhood. On one of the sides of the building, there is a woman, lying down and resting, observing the great creative square overlooking the sea that Niemeyer wanted to build.

The Niemeyer Center is a place for exhibitions, projections and shows, an artistic and innovative visit in Asturias, where all kinds of art come together and mix.

Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Chairs artwork of Oscar Niemeyer.

Niemeyer always expressed that the construction process was an artistic process.

Noelia Blas in the middle of the expiral staircase at Centro Niemeyer.

Photography & Art Direction Noelia Blas
Edits & Words Penélope Blas

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