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Internationally renowned architect Niemeyer is generally known for his public structures, but as this oversize book of more than 200 photographs and illustrations highlights, his home designs also displayed great skill and artistry. His work is marked by sculptured modernity, where structure and composition follow the form of natural irregularities. The text provides an overview of the three major periods in Niemeyer's house-designing career: from 1936 to 1953, 1953 to 1963, and 1963 to 2005. The author focuses on more than 20 major residential works, showing how Niemeyer used space and light to connect interior and exterior views. Panoramic photographs of homes throughout the world, including Niemeyer's own home in Brazil, capture the architect's ability to create a context of modernity in nature. Fascinating reading and viewing for anyone interested in modern architecture. Vernon Ford
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About the Author

Alan Weintraub is a widely published photographer whose most recent books are Frank Lloyd Wright: Houses and Bay Area Style.

Alan Hess, an architect and architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, is the author of Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture, and with Alan Weintraub, The Architecture of John Lautner.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (May 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827985
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1.2 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mention modern residential architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright comes to mind along with some of the designs coming out of places such as Scandinavia. At just about the bottom of my list would be houses designed in Brazil. This book points out how clearly wrong such thoughts would be.

The houses designed by Oscar Niemeyer cover a period of seven decades, an extraordinaty time span to expect to see creative design being done. Several of the houses are small, to fit on tiny, difficult building lots. Some are spectacular palaces that use unexpected curves to great dramatic effect.

The vast majority of his houses were design for and built in Brazil. But in addition he designed houses for clients far away from Brazil including the US, France, Israel, Norway and others.

Mr. Niemeyer is better known for his public building, especially those of Brasilia where he designed most of the main buildings. At 98 years old, he is still an active designer, producing still more striking buildings.

This book gives a detailed look at some twenty of the homes he designed while providing brief mention of several others. The pictures of the homes were taken by Alan Weintraub and are of supurb quality. The printing matches the photographs to produce an extremely attractive book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on October 25, 2006
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Niemeyer's houses are like modern art deco, they exude elegance and elan. This book does a fine job of captureing what makes his work so special, through the crisp images and interesting text. I was familiar with Niemeyer's public work, which frankly I not a huge fan of, but not his house designs, which I must say I appreciate much more than his civic work, I mean Brasilia is a mess, an urban "1984" nightmare, but his houses are much more serene and elegant. Nice book, highly recommended to anyone with a love for architecture.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Antonio P. B. Neto on November 5, 2006
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This is a marvelous edition of a particular unknown facet of Oscar Niemeyer (Houses). He is a Brazilian architect that built an international reputation because of public spaces solutions. This book offers a detailed timeline view of private houses projected by him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Architect on February 3, 2013
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This book has beautiful large format photos and a well written account of the projects, including client information, programmatic requirements and where necessary, some drawings and plans of the buildings. Again, the photos are stunning.
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Beautiful photography that captures the heart and soul of Niemeyer's residential architecture. I only wish there were a few historic shots of some of these buildings ... particularly the homes that have been demolished or are in disrepair.
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