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Igreja São Francisco de Assis, Lagoa da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil

A Igreja São Francisco de Assis da Pampulha, em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, foi inaugurada em 1943. O projeto arquitetônico da igreja é de Oscar Niemeyer e cálculo estrutural de Joaquim Cardoso. Foi o último prédio a ser inaugurado do Conjunto Arquitetônico da Pampulha.

É considerada a obra-prima do conjunto. No projeto da capela Oscar Niemeyer faz novos experimentos em concreto armado, abandonando a laje sob pilotis e criando uma abóboda parabólica em concreto, até então só utilizada em hangares. A abóbada na capela da Pampulha seria ao mesmo estrutura e fechamento, eliminando a necessidade de alvenarias. Inicia aquilo que seria a diretriz de toda a sua obra: uma arquitetura onde será preponderante a plasticidade da estrutura de concreto armado, em formas ousadas, inusitadas e marcantes.

Copyright: Felipe Garchet
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11262x5631
Taken: 23/04/2009
Uploaded: 14/05/2009


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