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Casa das Canoas | Architectuul


Keywords Change this

Modernism, Tropical Architecture, House Of The Architect

Project timeline

1951 – 1953


Private House

Location Change this

Estrada das Canoas, 2.310- São Conrado
22610-210 Rio de Janeiro

Current state


Architect Change this

Casa das Canoas Change this

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
by Oscar Niemeyer Change this

Oscar Niemeyer standing in front of his house circa 1956

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The private residence that Oscar Niemeyer created for himself is the House the Canoes (Casa das Canoas), which would later become the headquarters of the Oscar Niemeyer Foundation.

The Casa das Canoas in Rio de Janeiro was designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1951. It was used as his family house until 1965, the year in which he had to abandon Brazil due to the military dictatorship. Using tropical eroticism as a construction language Niemeyer deconstructed the language of functionalist modern architecture: the curved flat roof supported by light steel columns and the transparent glass walls make the house disappear within the tropical jungle.


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