A month before his 99th birthday, world-renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer has married his 60-year-old secretary Vera Lucia Gabreira, the O Globo newspaper reported on Saturday.
“Vera and I got married yesterday, Nov. 16 at 10:30pm, in my residence, in a simple ceremony witnessed by the civil authorities who performed the wedding and a small group of friends," Niemeyer said in a short statement quoted by the newspaper.
Niemeyer, who is known for his modernistic style, was not immediately available for comment. His home and office telephone numbers were not listed, according to Rio de Janeiro's telephone service.
The architect lives in an apartment in Rio's posh Ipanema district.
It was Niemeyer's second marriage following the 2004 death of his first wife of 76 years, Annita Baldor.
Gabreira, a widow, and Niemeyer have known each for 30 years. She became his secretary 14 years ago, the newspaper said.
Niemeyer has one daughter, five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.
Perhaps his best-known creation was the National Congress building in Brasilia, the capital. The building is designed as two giant white bowls, one upside-down, with twin 100m towers rising between them. In 1987, UNESCO declared Brasilia a World Heritage site.
After a 1964 coup began a 21-year military dictatorship, Niemeyer, a lifelong communist, went into exile to France, where in 1965 he designed the headquarters of the French Communist Party in Paris. He also created dozens of projects in the US, Israel, Lebanon, Algeria, Italy, Germany and Portugal. (AP)
1. architect n.
建築師 (jian4 zhu2 shi14)
例: A skilled architect must pay attention to sunlight and terrain.
2. residence n.
住所 (zhu4 suo3)
例: Can I have the address of your residence?
3. modernistic adj.
現代化的 (xian4 dai4 hua4 de5)
例: This very tall, blue chair looks quite modernistic.
4. exile n. / v.
流亡 (liu2 wang2)
例: After a coup, a king must often spend time in exile.