Architect Oscar Niemeyer wanted for project in Angola

31 July 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 31 July – The Angolan government has approached Oscar Niemeyer to design a new capital in the African state, the Brazilian architect has said.

Niemeyer, 99, who designed the new Brazilian capital, Brasilia, in the 1950s, told macauhub: “In reality, it was an invitation from the Angolan authorities, but there is still nothing definite.”

Besides a number of buildings in Brasilia, Niemeyer’s landmark projects include the headquarters of the French Communist Party, besides numerous other constructions in Brazil and other countries.

His projects include the creation of the Israeli desert city of Neguev, which never left the drawing board.

Brazilian media reported last week that Niemeyer had been approached to design new Luanda, a city for 2 million people to be built on unoccupied land near the Angolan capital. The planned city will be four times larger than Brasilia, inaugurated in 1960.

Niemeyer says he has no wish to travel aboard to undertake projects, but would wait to study material in his Rio de Janeiro office, including maps, photographs and technical studies being sent to him from Angola.

“Only then would I be able to think about a sketch and the project.” (macauhub)