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Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer, as well as a sculptor and painter. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. Aalto's early career runs in parallel with the rapid economic growth and industrialization of Finland during the first half of the twentieth century and many of his clients were industrialists; among these were the Ahlström-Gullichsen family. The span of his career, from the 1920s to the 1970s, is reflected in the styles of his work, ranging from Nordic Classicism of the early work, to a rational International Style Modernism during the 1930s to a more organic modernist style from the 1940s onwards. His furniture designs were considered Scandinavian Modern. What is typical for his entire career, however, is a concern for design as a Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art; whereby he – together with his first wife Aino Aalto – would design not just the building, but give special treatments to the interior surfaces and design furniture, lamps, and furnishings and glassware. The Alvar Aalto Museum, designed by Aalto himself, is located in what is regarded as his home city Jyväskylä.

Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Principal works by Alvar Aalto

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(December 15, 1907 – December 5, 2012)

"It was the drawing that led me to architecture, the search for light and astonishing forms."

The legendary architect's success undoubtedly resides in his attachment to the history of Brazil, its modernization.

"His career coincided with the modernization of Brazil. He was a genius at a time when architecture wanted to reinvent itself radically," says Frederick Fleurette, professor of architecture at the University of Brasilia (UNB).

He leaves a work of astonishing plastic force and expression, a visionary disproportion, a reference to the history of Brazil and architecture, helping give the country a modern visual voice from the 1940s onwards.

As an architect, he has been always faithful to the concrete curves that gave him his international fame.

Oscar Niemeyer was born on December 15, 1907, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He landed his first major project in 1941, planning buildings for the Pampulha Architectural Complex. His designs were noted for their free-flowing forms. Other projects included working on the United Nations building and designing the Contemporary Art Museum in Niterói and major buildings in the capital city of Brasília.

The first Brazilian to win the Pritzker is died at 104 on December 5, 2012.

All the images ©

National Congress, Brasilia (1957-1964) © The Gardian Christopher Beanland

Latin American Memorial and Parliament in São Paolo (1989) © The Gardian Christopher Beanland

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum — MAC, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (1996) © The Gardian Christopher Beanland

Brasília © Folhapress

Catedral de Brasília © AP

National Congress of Brazil building © Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil © Yann Arthus Bertrand

Ibirapuera Auditorium (2002-5), Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo © The Gardian Christopher Beanland

Pedestrian bridge © Oscar Niemeyer, Favela da Rocinha, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © Yann Arthus Bertrand

Palácio do Planalto © José Cruz/ABr

Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Rio de Janeiro © Paula Giolito/Folhapress

Praça da Liberdade, Belo Horizonte © Leo Drumond/Nitro/VEJA

Casa das Canoas © flickr Ana María León

1997 - Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Musée d'art contemporain, à Rio de Janeiro © Camilla Maia / JB / SEE

2005 - Oscar Niemeyer lorsune interview dans son bureau à Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro © Wilton Jr./AE/VEJA

To see more projects: VEJA, POP ART l
To learn more about Oscar Niemeyer: architect.architecture

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I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.

Tadao Ando, 安藤 忠雄, born September 13, 1941) is a Japanese self-taught architect whose approach to architecture and landscape was categorized by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co as "critical regionalism".

n 1995, Ando won the Pritzker Prize for architecture.

Ando was born a few minutes before his twin brother in 1941 in Osaka, Japan. He worked as a truck driver and boxer before settling on the profession of architect, despite never having formal training in the field. Struck by the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Imperial Hotel on a trip to Tokyo as a second-year high school student, he eventually decided to end his boxing career less than two years after graduating from high school to pursue architecture. He attended night classes to learn drawing and took correspondence courses on interior design. He visited buildings designed by renowned architects like Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn before returning to Osaka in 1968 to establish his own design studio, Tadao Ando Architects and Associates.

Ando was raised in Japan where the religion and style of life strongly influenced his architecture and design. Ando's architectural style is said to create a "haiku" effect, emphasizing nothingness and empty space to represent the beauty of simplicity.

Tadao Ando

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Principal works by Tadao Ando.

Tadao Ando: Ichigoni 152
The lionized Japanese architect takes us through his Manhattan masterpiece

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"Architecture is art, but art vastly contaminated by many other things. Contaminated in the best sense of the word – fed, fertilized by many things."

Renzo Piano, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (born 14 September 1937) is an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect. Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of Piano's works that the ...serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world. Piano was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1937, into a family of builders. He was educated and subsequently taught at the Politecnico di Milano. He graduated from the University in 1964 with a dissertation about modular coordination (coordinazione modulare) supervised by Giuseppe Ciribini

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Principal works by Renzo Piano