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Oscar Niemeyer

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Oscar Niemeyer

Just to let you know the great Brasilian architect died yesterday aged 103..Who i hear you say.He was the person who designed the Casino Park hotel & casino in the mid 70s.If you look at some of his designs from around the world you will see some similarities with the stilted Casino Park Hotel & the futuristic looking casino.

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Well done Rob, that's solved it. I knew I'd heard his name before.

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Hi Rob - I have had a look on internet at other buildings designed by him and agree that there are striking similarities (Brasilia Cathedral in particular)

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Hi Rob,

Thanks for posting this info....

I remember the name Oscar Niemeyer from visiting Funchal in the mid 1990s. Back in those days, they used to hold the Reps Welcome Meeting in the Casino; on Tuesday Mornings, by hiring a few coaches and taking new arrivals from all the different hotels along to the Casino.

We were given a talk on Oscar Niemeyer and his part in the design of the Casino/Hotel and other buildings etc., ...most interesting. ( I have just been reading about Oscar Niemeyer on D Noticias).

We were given a drink of Madeira Wine and Cake, then a mini show by the Casino Dancers. The Reps did their hard sell on the various island tours and to sell us tickets for the full evening Casino Dinner/Show.

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That's correct Pam. I had forgotten about the welcome meetings in the Casino. I remember attending a couple there - 1997 for some reason springs to mind for one of them.

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Interesting story Pam.I know you always come up with some good links to certain posts.You cant find anything concerning the construction of the Casino Park.I know..its just my thing

Rob

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Morning all

Yes - Im still here. A couple of months into a new job so been silly busy. And what with Christmas approching I've not had the time for any sort of life !!

I was about to start a thread about the late Mr Niemeyer but see that Rob beat me to it. When I heard of his death on the news I did think it was he who designed the Casino but dived onto Google to make sure. I think his style divides opinions - it certainly does between me and the wife - she's not so keen. Personally, I think when you stand on the main road at look along the hotel set against the blue sky its a stunning piece of work. Not as keen on the actual casino buliding. I read once that the casino was supposed to represent the sun and the hotel was the crescent moon.

Nice to see he lived a long a productive life. As some of you mention, its easy to see the similarities with his other work.

Hope you are all well - sorry I've not been contributing much. Will be back on before Christmas tho. Bye for now !!

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Slideshow of Pestana Casino Park both a global architectural gem of Oscar Niemeyer but a great 5 star hotel in Madeira:

pestana.com/en/…home.aspx

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I agree that Mr Niemeyer built or designed a lot of great buildings however like Stewys wife not so keen on the Casino Park .Just my view but still he was a great man.Glad you are back Stewy hope job goes well.

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Hi Stewy - Good to hear from you again. I do like the design of Casino Park Hotel - I think it is the sort of architecture you either like or dislike. No grey areas.

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