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In pictures: Oscar Niemeyer
New utopia

Then came Brasilia, and Niemeyer - a household name - was tasked with creating it.

It was built in three years - too quick, he has noted - and today is a World Heritage Site (and showing its age).

This is the Congress building, "the most remarkable and coherent piece of architectural thinking," says Glancey. The twin towers house administration staff, with the Senate under the dome and House of Representatives under the saucer.

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