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In pictures: Oscar Niemeyer
Fluid lines

The same year, he designed the Boa Vista Bank in Rio. Its sinuous walls, made extensively of glass for light and strength, sum up his approach to designing buildings - it is open and curvy with spaces made from simple shapes.

For this fluid form of modernism suited both reinforced concrete - cheaper than the glass and steel favoured by Le Corbusier's more rigid form of modernism - and the Brazilian temperament.

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