25 Photos - Dec 6, 2012
Photo: Two security guards stand on the roof of the National Congress building -- projected by world-renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer --, on the eve of the inauguration of Brazil's first female leader, President-elect Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, on December 31, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: (FILES) This file picture shows people walking next to one of the buildings of the Niemeyer Center, during the cultural center opening, on March 25, 2011, in the Spanish northern city of Aviles. The Niemeyer Center, designed by 103-year-old Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, could be closing just six months after it opened, as Spain is currently experiencing an economic slump. AFP PHOTO / RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: The Brazilian Foreign Ministry is pictured in Brasilia on May 14, 2008. The building was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. AFP PHOTO MICHAEL KAPPELER (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: The Brazilian presidential palace or Planalto Palace is pictured in Brasilia on May 14, 2008. The building was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. AFP PHOTO MICHAEL KAPPELER (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer poses at the balcony of his studio with Copacabana beach on the background 14 December 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Niemeyer will celebrate his 100th anniversary next 15 December.    AFP PHOTO/ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Brasilia's National Museum, work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, inaugurated in 2007, as seen 13 December, 2007. Niemeyer, the modernist architect who designed the nation's capital Brasilia celebrates his 100th birthday on Saturday. A number of events are planned to mark the milestone, only a few attended by the man himself. On Wednesday, Niemeyer was made Grand Commander of the Legion of Honour, a French award bestowed in his Copacabana studio.  AFP PHOTO/Evaristo SA (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Undated general view of Brasilia, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1960. Niemeyer, the modernist architect who designed the nation's capital Brasilia celebrates his 100th birthday on Saturday. A number of events are planned to mark the milestone, only a few attended by the man himself. On Wednesday, Niemeyer was made Grand Commander of the Legion of Honour, a French award bestowed in his Copacabana studio.  AFP PHOTO/Evaristo SA (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (104) and Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes (L) visit the expand works of the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro on February 8, 2012. Niemeyer was the architect of the Sambodromo, built in 1983. Carnival begins in Brazil on February 18.   AFP PHOTO/Fabio COSTA (Photo credit should read FABIO COSTA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) greets Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who designed the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, at the Museum of Modern Art 30 June 1999 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.     AFP PHOTO/Vanderlei ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: CURITIBA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: A view of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, the largest museum in Latin America, on August 15, 2009 in Curitiba, the capital city of the state of Parana, Brazil. Curitiba, considered an outstanding example of urban planning worldwide and the ecological capital of Brazil, was chosen as one of the twelve host cities for the FIFA soccer World Cup to be held in Brazil in 2014. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)Photo: Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer speaks with AFP during an interview for his 102nd birthday, in his studio in Rio de Janeiro on December 15, 2009. Niemeyer, one of the most outstanding referents in modern architecture, is planning for next year to make improvements in the famously known Sambodromo, which he designed.   AFP PHOTO/Vanderlei Almeida (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: A pianist plays backstage and looks at the Amalfi coast from Ravello's Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer the day of its official inauguration on January 29, 2009. After ten years of controversy, the auditorium, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer opens in the southern Italian town of Ravello on the Amalfi coast.  AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SALOMONE   TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KELLY VELASQUEZ (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SALOMONE/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Claire de Oliveira
General view of the Tancredo Neves Administrative City, a 804.000 m2 Oscar Niemeyer project in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, taken on March 4, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Vilela (Photo credit should read Pedro VILELA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: People at the Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, in Niteroi, a city 25 km from Rio de Janiero just across Guanabara Bay, watch the storm over Rio on April 9, 2010. The unusual roughness seen these days in the bay is according to experts, caused by the same climate phenomenon that originated the heaviest rains in half a century that since Monday unleashed the floods and mudslides which killed an estimate of 380 people in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Rescuers resumed on Friday a grim search through a wall of mud with hopes fading of finding survivors as more than 380 people are now feared to have died in Brazil's worst rains in decades.  AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: Copan, Latin America's largest apartment building with some 1,600 units, still stands out in Sao Paulo 35 years after it was built. Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer gave the colossal 38-floor structure a curving, S-shape, a distinctive feature that has made it a landmark in a city of towering concrete structures. The building is being renovated to make life more livable for the 4,000 people who call it home. Picture taken January 19.