Oscar Niemeyer

a truly unique book, co-published by Brownbook and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, that shines a light on the little-known designs that the late Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer sketched for Lulu Island, Abu Dhabi, in 1981

Known for his free-flowing designs, Oscar Niemeyer was a master of modernism and a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The archives of the late Brazilian architect count 600 projects spanning over his 70-year career.

Amongst his long list of projects, which include the UN Headquarters in New York City and several public buildings that define the built environment of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, lies one particularly interesting and unrealised project: a ‘leisure island’ conceived for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 1981. This publication unearths this unbuilt, seemingly forgotten, project.

Presenting Niemeyer’s original sketches and annotations, as well as interviews and analyses, this publication asks how, four decades into his career, Oscar Niemeyer ended up on the shores of a then-small Abu Dhabi, designing an all-out Arabian leisure land for a small island off its coast.

This book is co-published by Brownbook and the Fundação Oscar Niemeyer.