Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer
The town of Ravello is regarded as one of the jewels of the Amalfi coast, even though it is slightly inland. Each summer it holds a renown music festival. Most of its events are held alfresco, in the grounds of the famous Villa Ruffalo. In order to avoid disruption by inclement weather, and to attract conference business to the town, it was decided to build a covered auditorium. In 2000, Oscar Niemeyer was selected as the architect. The site chosen was a steeply sloping plot in a crook of the Via Della Republica, which offers stunning panoramas along the coast. The seating follows the slope of the site, and the stage cantilevers out towards the sea. The roof is a sweeping arch of concrete. The auditorium sits on a plinth which forms a processional route for the audience who enter on one side via a huge glazed 'oculus'. This affords spectacular vistas from the auditorium of the hills to the north, whilst a smaller opening, on the opposite wall, offers views to the coast.