Oscar Niemeyer auditorium under construction

Ravello, off South ’s coast, is said to be one of the most beautiful spots on earth. And Brazilian architect ’s all-white curvaceous auditorium is set amongst its luxuriant rocky hillsides and against the backdrop of the refined Amalfi coastal town’s trademark awe-inspiring brilliant blue sea and endless open skies.

Completion is due in September, ready to showcase the new auditorium’s unique feature: its over-hanging canopied roof (or solaio a sbalzo in Italian). More plainly put, this means that while the amenities are set off the entrance piazza or in the floors below, a section of the 1,500m2 canopy, which contains the actual auditorium space, literally and strikingly, hangs in the air supported by nothing.

Seen at Wallpaper. More images after the break (we searched all over the web for more images, if you can find some, please post the links!)

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Oscar Niemeyer auditorium under construction" 15 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=24986>

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    Dam… the old master has more than a century…but stil makes some pretty good projects.
    The design is centered around the visitor, where does he come from where is he going, his size and vision range.
    That circle at the end of the building may seem weird when you think the auditorium as an object, but powerful when you understand it was made to be seen from the “promenade”

    A lesson of integration of a building in a landscape and integration of a landscape in a building

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    Niemeyer just keeps going. Incredible.

    It’s hard to tell for sure from the images, but it looks like he’s kept the building in an appropriate scale for its context…the Amalfi coast is an amazing place, and developing an honest contemporary project that is both bold and contextual – that enhances its environment, does not overpower – requires real sophistication. From these pics, it looks like he’s done just that. Bravo to a great and seemingly indefatiguable master!

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    I am sorry!
    O.N. can be a master but this looks everything but contextualized. If you know the Costiera Amalfitana as I do you can say it.
    The architecture then, it is “modern” but not really contemporary, expecially in the solution of the “sbalzo”… this reminds only of the monsters destroying the coasts in the 60´s and 70´s (see Fuenti hotel, same coastline, villa Malaparte, Capri, and many other Ecomonsters). This period is gone (fortunately) but I do not see any significant development in this Nymayers piece.

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    agree with scarpasez.. let’s see what it will look like when it’s completed to judge

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    I really like the project and respect the Master, but to my mind O.N. should not use colourful grass and cars in his models because they just ruin projet’s real atmosphere and purity. Mayebe they should be made just from grey and white cardboard.

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    All Hail The Master . . . . , but from very-very deep down my mind,Why can not merge with the cliffs Oh my Master, and beyond that wishing you Happy 102nd Birthday . . . .

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