The state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil just unveiled a glittering new government complex by legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, still working at the age of 102. His latest creation covers an expanse of 804,000 square meters, including a 265,000 square meter building housing the new seat of government. With the opening of the new complex, Belo Horizonte, the regional capital of Minas Gerais, becomes the city with the greatest number of building by Niemeyer: 14. The headquarters for the Minas Government will house around of 3000 employees that work in the Government, Vice-Government and the Military Office. In addition to the four floors, the building is formed by an underground and piers, performing 21 thousand square meters of built area. In the indoors, it will count with a hall with an area of 1,200 square meters, which will be designed for official solemnities and support services. Oscar Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro, 15 Dec 1907. An internationally acclaimed doyen of the Modern Movement, the Brazilian architect developed an intensely expressive and often controversial style in his large volume of executed work that was extremely influential in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, in the three decades from 1935. He employed an often exuberant aesthetic formalism, and his lyrical use of reinforced concrete was rivalled only by the later work of the French Le Corbusier.
Belo Horizonte becomes the city with greatest number of buidings by Niemeyer