If you love free-form architecture, as it is the case of VisualARQ, you will agree with us that the work of the Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer is a unique landmark.
Is there an ideal client for an architect? Public bodies with big budgets? Private customers who want a personal project? Or friends, who believe that the architect can imbue his/her project with their personality?
Actually, none of them. The best customer for an architect is the architect himself, with no more limits than those imposed by the budget and legal regulations. When you are your own customer, nothing is banned and you can experiment as you like.
Today we will be talking about the most intimate Niemeyer and of one of his projects in which he acted both as an architect and a customer. No doubt his most popular work is the one he executed in Brasilia, the city that was intended to show the world how a country could raise a new capital which would show its power, modernity and future potential. However, for this article, we didn’t choose any of those large buildings that became symbols of the new Brazil, nor any other huge assignment. Instead, we chose to introduce you the house he designed in 1951 for his family: A Casa das Canoas.