The news of the week in architecture was the inauguration of the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer (http://www.fondazioneravello.it) in Europe. The project, designed in less than 3 months and detailed in 18 months, the Brazilian architect in the town of Ravello spent 10 years involved in environmental and legal controversy to be finally completed. The work was slow to leave the paper because of the local law that prevented new construction in the city, where the last major work was in the 11th century - a work considered the landmark of the city at the entrance of the 2nd millennium.
After 8 lawsuits, the government of the Campania region adopted a regional law overrides local restrictions and released the building. The city of 2.5 thousand inhabitants can see by far the great work of concrete perched on a cliff by the sea of the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. The project, commissioned by the sociologist Domenico di Masi, who chairs the Foundation Ravello, started in 2000 and is now considered the mark of the 3rd millennium.
The auditorium seats 400 and underground parking for 80 cars, is shaped like a large acoustic shell, front and side facades mirror, doubling the visual landscape. The engineer is responsible for implementing José Carlos Süssekind. Internally, the walls and ceiling are covered with corrugated acrylic. The material, along with the concave shape of the room, ensures perfect reverb sound. The floor is parquet (wood into pieces of various sizes). The chairs were designed by Niemeyer and coated with a special screen in 4 shades of blue, with the idea of reproducing the colors of the sea. Opened on 29/01/2010, with 3 days of concerts, festivals and exhibitions, the new auditorium of the city cost 18.5 million euros, financed by the European Community. More controversy and a beautiful work of Brazilian architect 102-years-old Oscar Niemeyer.
Many do not like the modernist style and think that the architect is over. No matter. Great projects, great works. A esthetic and artistic elements such as lightness and balance their own works. Domenico di Masi felt honored and speechless to see the model in the architect's studio in Rio de Janeiro in September 2000. One can imagine that feeling. And imagine a greater thrill to see the work ready and able to touch it. Felt it. And Niemeyer did not need to visit the city. Whether own likes or not, the architecture is this: the feeling, the setting and the emotion that comes from within the dream is already building and concrete in timeless works like this, to the admiration of all.
Regiane Yuki Sabanai
The New York Optimist
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