The Niemeyer Sphere was designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 2011.
It all began with a letter from the Techne Sphere founder to the Brazilian architect outlining the idea for an extension to the canteen at the Kirow factory.
A short time later saw the idea to build a tower and spherical construction born, realised in close collaboration with Jair Valera, Office Manager of Studio Oscar Niemeyer.
The building attracted the interest of the architectural press as early as the construction phase.
The Niemeyer Sphere will open in the spring of 2020.
Photo: Margret Hoppe
Renovation following a Niemeyer design
You would hardly believe that deciding to become an architect has a life-extending effect – in view of the stress at construction sites and from official bodies, craftsmen, joint and several liability plus stubborn clients. Yet the joy from creating a design is so great that you can see out may years in this profession. Last weekend the architect I. M. Pei celebrated his hundredth birthday, and Oscar Niemeyer, born in 1907 and designer behind the ideal city Brasília, passed away at the ripe old age of 104. He retained the pioneering and expansionist space euphoria of the sixties right to the end.
A genuine late work has now been realised posthumously in Leipzig: In his last designs, Niemeyer tackled something the builders of new cities in the Brazilian Plateau were not particularly famous for: Old building renovation. Yet this renovation itself looks like a comet or an extraterrestrial sphere colonised by intelligent substances has crashed onto the listed industrial building at the Kirow factory in Plagwitz, having then become stuck on the corner – or this has been hoisted up by a gigantic crane, which is certainly appropriate to the image of the client, the world market leader in railway cranes and slag pot transporters. The cornerstone was laid yesterday, the concrete sphere measuring twelve metres on average and covering two storeys is to house a public lounge with restaurant and bar in 2018; a beach sketch by Niemeyer in the lounge will lend a tropical look and feel to the Leipzig industrial grounds. Visitors will be met by a greeting to another great utopian of the modern age, Buckminster Fuller: The drinks will be served under a geodetic glass dome, comprising triangular glass panes. A tropically heated modernity – which even the better GDR architecture with its plastic mould walls by Karl-Heinz-Adler could only dream of – has thus finally made it to Leipzig.
From: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 28/04/2017, No. 99, p. 12