A taste of this gem…
In mountains above Rio de Janiero is the home of Brazil’s most famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer, built in 1952. After following the windy road up the mountain your first view of Casa das Canoas is that of a tiny house surrounded by the forest, perched on the edge of the mountain. As you walk down the path you encounter the organic shapes of the pool and house built around the bedrock. The roof seems to hover in the air over the glass walls. Standing by the pool you see right through the home to the view of the ocean beyond.
Whats incredible about this space is that both the house and the landscape frame each other. This quote from Niemeyer explains the inspiration and is so Brazilian.
“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.”