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Legendary Architect Oscar Niemeyer Dies At 104

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The legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has died on Wednesday at the age of 104.

Reports say Mr. Niemeyer succumbed to a respiratory infection in Rio de Janeiro.

Mr. Niemeyer was best known as the designer of Brasilia, the futuristic capital city of Brazil which was completed in 1960.

Today, the United States has extended its deepest condolences to the people of Brazil on the passing of legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer.

In his remarks in Washington DC, Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner Mr. Niemeyer was an architectural innovator and master of creative design.

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Oscar Niemeyer, December 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
"Mr. Niemeyer left his mark in the world with buildings in World Heritage Sites in Brazil and in Europe." - Mr. Toner

According to Mr. Toner, Mr. Niemeyer transposed the natural curves of the former capital, Rio de Janeiro, to the buildings and monuments of Brasilia.

In the United States, Niemeyer designed the Strick House in Santa Monica, California, Mr. Toner added.

In New York, Mr. Niemeyer was one of the principal architects of the UN Headquarters buildings at Turtle Bay.

In 1963, Mr. Niemeyer was granted honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects.

"Mr. Niemeyer helped shape the unique identity of the Brazilian nation and its people." - Mr. Toner

Mr. Toner says Mr. Niemeyer's legacy will live on in the beauty of his creations, which will continue to inspire for generations to come.

The Centro Niemeyer in Asturias, Spain was named after Oscar Niemeyer. He was one of the team of architects that designed the UN Headquarters complex 63 years ago.

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