Pampulha

Pampulha

Pampulha, the chic northern suburb of Belo Horizonte was laid out in the 1940’s by the young Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer for Juscelino Kubitschek, then the city’s Mayor. Twenty years later, when Kubitschek became President, he appointed Niemeyer as lead architect for the design of the new capital, Brasilia.

Pampulha, the chic northern suburb of Belo Horizonte was laid out in the 1940’s by the young Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer for Juscelino Kubitschek, then the city’s Mayor. Twenty years later, when Kubitschek became President, he made Niemeyer lead architect for the design of the new capital, Brasilia. The artificial lake at the heart of Pampulha sometimes explodes with bright green algal blooms which give the other-worldliness to this photo.