The architect Oscar Niemeyer, who has just died at the grand old age of 104, is justifiably best known for his brilliant realisation of modernism in grand settings – the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, being a case in point. Others quite rightly point to his role in the UN buildings in New York or the astonishing Museum of Modern Art on the bay in Rio.

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Unfortunately, that goes to ignore his wonderful contribution to the tradition of modernist housing. So I’m voting for Canoas House, a 1950s classic in Rio that has everything a modernist home should have, complete with an integrated boulder….

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  • Max Dibenedetto

    Have to say I’m a big fan of the MAC de Niteroi. I was fortunate enough to visit there a few years ago and it’s the kind of building that really sticks with you. Even though I’ve seen it for real it still looks a bit like it’s been photoshopped in on some pictures I’ve seen of it. An amazing bit of architecture.

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