While most countries hold World Architecture Day on the first Monday in October, Brazil celebrates on December 15. Why? Because it’s the birthday of renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Oscar Niemeyer was a prominent modernist architect and the creative mind behind the civic buildings in Brasília, Brazil’s capital city. Known for sleek, curvaceous, organic designs, Niemeyer’s visions made the city a Unesco World Heritage site.
Oscar Niemeyer’s great-grandson, Caique, carries on the family legacy with his own design work. He works as an architect with Caique Niemeyer Arquitetura e Design, where he follows his great-grandfather’s footsteps by designing sleek, modernist structures.
Rendering of the Santuário Papa João Paulo II courtesy of Caique Niemeyer Arquitetura & Design.
The Santuário Papa João Paulo II is a charismatic temple designed by Caique Niemeyer and his team. Slated to be built on a 12,000-square-meter lot in Rio de Janeiro, the 1,961-square-meter building will include several visitor attractions, such as a sanctuary, a museum, an auditorium, a shop, a cafeteria, and an underground parking garage.
“This project began with a request asking for a religious temple, and our proposal was so well-accepted that it became the Shrine of St. John Paul II,” said Niemeyer. “My experience with [my great-grandfather] the architect Oscar Niemeyer in the conception of so many other cathedrals helped me to create this complex.”
Caique Niemeyer during a visit to Vectorworks headquarters in 2018.
Vectorworks is proud to be a part of this legendary family’s design process. We already can’t wait to celebrate the next Architecture Day — in Brazil and around the world.