The Residential Work of Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer’s renowned work in the city if Brasilia was and continues to be revolutionary in the world of architecture. Structures like the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brasilia will go down in history as his masterworks, but Niemeyer’s residential work does not always receive the same commendations. Here are a few spectacular, if less known, residential works by Oscar Niemeyer.

Casa de Canoas


The Casa de Canoas in Rio de Janeiro is the home that Niemeyer built for himself in 1951. He lived there with his family until 1965.

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Photos courtesy of Design Rulz.

Palácio da Alvorada


The official residence Brazil’s president, Palácio da Alvorada, was completed in 1958. The 7,000 m2 house sits near the shore of Lake Paranoá in Brasilia.

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Photos courtesy of Arts and Architecture Blogspot.

Casa Sebastião Camargo


This house in Brasília was designed for famed Brazilian contractor Sebastião Camargo in 1985. livro_de_casas_do_niemeyer_09 imagens-cedidas-para-conteudo-especifico-usar-apenas-no-respectivo-material-1354132855307_788x632

Photos courtesy of Casa Vogue.

Strick House


The only residential work by Niemeyer in the United States, this 4,600 sq ft house is located in Santa Monica.  Since Niemeyer was banned from the USA at the time for his connections to the Communist Party, the home was designed completely through letters and telephone calls; it was completed in 1964.

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Photos courtesy of Stylejuicer.

 Edificio Niemeyer


Edificio Niemeyer is an high-rise apartment building in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The structure was completed in 1960; it is still used for residential purposes today.

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Photos courtesy of Panoramio.

Architecture Spotlight: John Lautner’s Silvertop House

It’s not every day that an architectural masterwork hits the market. John Lautner’s Reiner-Burchill Residence is up for grabs for the first time in 40 years and in honor of the occasion, we’d like to spotlight the sheer structural genius of this gorgeous home. Behold…. Silvertop:

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Magnificent Architectural Photography by Pedro E. Guerrero

Architecture in and of itself is an admirable vocation, but it is photography that makes its greatness known to the world. Julius Shulman, of course, has received much acclaim for his architectural photography, but many other magnificent photographers have not received the same deserved recognition for work in the fields of art and architecture. One such photographer is Pedro E. Guerrero, whose photography immortalized the work of greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Alexander Calder. Here is a small fraction of his breathtaking portfolio.


Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, 1952.

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Alexander Calder with grandchild Andrea, 1970s.

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Taliesin West by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1940.


Yale Hockey Rink by Eero Saarinen, 1958.


Luthold House by Allen Gelbin, 1966.


Sturges House by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1947. 


United Church of Rowayton by Joseph Salerno, 1962.


United Church of Rowayton by Joseph Salerno, 1962.


Robert Llewellyn Wright House by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1958.

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Talisien East by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1932.

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Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, 1953.


Portrait of Alexander Calder, 1963.


Alexander Calder in his studio, 1963.


Phillip’s Johnson’s Glass House, 1949.

All photos courtesy of

Inspire Me Monday: Modernist Doghouses for Your Modern Home

Think beautiful architecture is only for humans? We think not; every modern home deserves a modern accompaniment for Fido, after all. If you love your furry friends, take a look at some of these ultra-cool architectural doghouses below. And if you don’t yet have a furry friend to build a modern home for, find one here.

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The Cube by Meset Shop. Photo courtesy of Meset Shop.


Atelier Bow Wow by the Kenya Hara Design Institute. Photo courtesy of Architecture for Dogs.


Chalet by FORMA Italia. Photo courtesy of Gibralter Furniture.

Chalet by FORMA Italia. Photo courtesy of Gibralter Furniture.


urban Doghouse by Brian Pickard. Photo courtesy of Dogitechture.

Triangle Doghouse

Doghouse by Productora. Photo courtesy of Dogitechture.


Eric Lloyd Wright Doghouse. Photo courtesy of Kudzu.


 Eco-Doghouse by Matthew Coates. Photo courtesy of Urban Gardens.


Earthquake-Proof Doghouse by Kimidori Housing. Photo courtesy of Urban Gardens.

The Tract Home Next Door

While some declining tract homes from the mid-20th-century have seen better days, tract housing that has been well maintained over the years is now top-dollar real estate. Here are a few tract neighborhoods that are still thriving in the Los Angeles area.

Mar Vista Tract

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The Mar Vista Tract development was planned in 1947 for a hundred houses on a 60-acre site. The first stage was 52 houses, which turned out to be the final stage. By rotating the one floor plan in different directions, architects Gregory Ain, Joseph Johnson, and Alfred Day were able to create a sense of variation between the houses.  Garage placement in relation to the house also gave each house its own individuality.

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Photos courtesy of Mar Vista Tract.

Park Planned Homes in Altadena

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In 1946, construction began on a community of 28 single-family homes on Highland Avenue of Altadena, CA. Designs for the neighborhood, streets, and homes were a collaborative effort by Ain, Johnson, and Day in an effort to bring modern architecture and lifestyle to the masses.

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Photos courtesy of Gregory Ain – Park Planned Homes

“Balboa Highlands” Eichler Tract of Granada Hills

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Designed by noted architects A. Quincy Jones, Frederick Emmons, and Claude Oakland, the Eichler tract known as “Balboa Highlands” was constructed from 1962-64 by developer Joseph Eichler, who built thousands of homes in Northern California. It is the first post-World War II neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley to achieve historic district status.

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Photos courtesy of Balboa Highlands.

Malibu West

The Malibu West tract, built in 1962 near Pacific Coast Highway, is made up of traditional and modern homes, many restored to their original design. To some, these midcentury houses may look like knockoffs of the famed tract homes built by Joseph Eichler, but Malibu West was built by Nisan Matlin and Eugene Dvoretzky, award-winning architects (now retired) who built Malibu West before Eichler had established his signature houses in Granada Hills. (source: Los Angeles Times)

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Photos courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

Lincoln Place in Venice


Lincoln Place is not exactly a tract hosuing development, but it was built under similar ideals of delivering modern design to the masses. Architect Ralph A. Vaughn built the apartment community in 1950 as part of the World War II- work force housing, financed under Section 608 Title VI of the National Housing Act of 1934.

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