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Rediscovering A 1960s Masterpiece, Eladio Dieste’s Church of Cristo Obrero

In the 1960s, there were no computer programs that could help architects or designer. Everything was made by hand. Elaborate work that lasted hundreds of hours. This is why brick masterpiece of Eladio Dieste in the 1960s is this important.

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After the world wars, architects started to use different materials in their design. Also, new shapes and forms were popular among many. One of these architects was Uruguayan Eladio Dieste. As both an engineer and architect, Dieste completed a church with amazing brickwork. However, he was not alone in this project. With talented masons, Dieste finalized his project consisting of bricks.

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Today, thanks to computer programs, designing such a building is easier than the 1960s. This is what makes this church a masterpiece though. With his new approach to architecture and design, Dieste played with shapes. This way, the church turned out to have amazing curves and arches. And the interior and exterior of this church present a perfect harmony. Glazed rectangular windows are further emphasizing the striking effect of this building.

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Eladio Dieste, an architect, and an engineer from Uruguay designed a church in the 1960s that still amazed everyone who looks at this building.

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This church is the product of labor, good design, and good application.

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When we think that there was no computer aid, this building becomes more important. Hundreds of layers of brick are formulated in great harmony.

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Also, the tin roof of the church is a result of detailed masonry and design.

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The rectangular windows of this church complete the wavy and curvy look of the façade.

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Also, Dieste used the curvy look inside the church. This added a modern look and increased the overall volume of the building.

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This detailed design reflects the style and need for a change of the architects in 60s.

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Perfectly positioned curves and arches are still appreciated by many architects and designers of today.

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1960s-masterpiece-brick-church

1960s-masterpiece-brick-church

1960s-masterpiece-brick-church

> images: gonzalo viramonte, (h/t: designboom)

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