Oscar Niemeyer auditorium - Ravello

Ravello, off South Italy's coast, is one of the most beautiful and romantic spots on earth; and Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer'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.

 

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Craving the crater

The first time I visited Stromboli was in my imagination. After seeing the volcanic island in Nanni Moretti’s quirky and poignant film “Caro Diario,” I dreamed of its alluringly wild landscapes, Mediterranean oleander, grape vines and olive trees. I conjured its white sugar cube houses in daydreams, encouraged by friends who had been once and couldn’t stop going back.

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Light fantastic

People and place are what influence the architecture of Richard Meier. And he’s a purist when it comes to light, creating spaces where you can’t help but look up in awe

For Richard Meier, fashion has no place in modern architecture. 
Meier’s commitment to a completely white palette is legendary, while his relentless manipulation of light and space is an enduring trademark in a world where trendiness often takes precedence over substance. His preoccupation with how his buildings will fit in to their surrounding environment - and be used by the people for whom they are destined - has remained unchanged over five decades; Meier’s modernist principles are constant but never static. 

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10 Things to do in...Rome

Giovanna Dunmall lists what you shouldn't miss when in Rome - and not necessarily in this order

You've visited the Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. What next? Rome's heady mix of architecture, ranging from the ancient Roman to the present day, of culture and brashness, of delicately coloured palazzi and intoxicating traffic should provide entertainment enough. This is a city where the most ordinary of pastimes, or a spectactular view, can become unforgettable or charmed events. Here are ten simple ways to get under contemporary Rome's skin.

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