The World Experts; Architects

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The World Experts; Architects


Byline: ANNIE DEAKIN;LUCY SHAW

Who better to recommend a nightclub in Tbilisi than Mylo? Or a boutique in Tokyo than Jonathan Saunders? ES asked our favourite well-travelled photographers, architects, beauty experts, fashion designers, restaurateurs, gallerists, interior designers, mothers, nightclub owners and hoteliers for their ultimate destinations.

DANIEL LIBESKIND

The 60-year-old Polish-born American architect was commissioned in 2003 to create a master plan to reconstruct the World Trade Center. He designed the Freedom Tower, which will replace the Twin Towers at Ground Zero . Palazzo Te (1527) in Mantua, Italy, designed by Giulio Romano, is a spectacularly complex building, a work of art comprising painting, sculpture and architecture.

. San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (1638), a church in Rome designed by Francesco Borromini, is a tour de force of geometry.

. The Merzbau (1923), an installation created in Kurt Schwitters' house, was destroyed in the Second World War, but has been reconstructed in Hannover's Sprengel Museum. It is a cathedral of modernity and a true spectacle.

. The Asilo Infantile (1934), Giuseppe Terragni's kindergarten in Como, Italy, shows the delicacy of modernism.

. Erich Mendelsohn Einstein Tower (1920) in Potsdam, Germany was built for Einstein's experiments. It is full of expressive character and still looks futuristic.

RICK MATHER The 69-year-old American-born, London-based architect masterminded the South Bank redevelopment and designed The Times HQ . Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal, Norway shows how to build beautifully in wood in a way that lasts. It dates from before 1150.

. The French Communist Party Headquarters in Paris, by Oscar Niemeyer, is a wonderful, sensuous, undulating design. Completed in 1972, it was a precursor to what is seen as avant-garde now.

. Carlos Raul Villanueva's 'University City' complex in Caracas, Venezuela was built between 1940 and 1960. The demarcation between outside and inside dissolves and provides a wonderful setting for a fabulous art collection.

. The Olympic Stadium in Mexico City is linked into the landscape like the top of a volcano. It was built in 1952 by Luis Martinez del Campo, Rafael Mijares and Pedro Ramirez Vasquez.

. Eladio Dieste's Municipal Bus Terminal in Salto, Uruguay, completed in 1974, has marvellous brickwork structures that are the thinnest in history.

. The most beautiful earlymodern complex, now restored and used for conferences, is Sanatorium Zonnestraal (1928) in Hilversum, Holland. It is elegant and idealistic.

. Suzhou in Jiangsu, China is a city of exceptional gardens. The greatest is Zhou Zheng Yuan (the Garden of the Unsuccessful Politician). The garden and buildings blend together to make a wonderful miniaturised landscape on the shores of a lake.

ALEX MICHAELIS

London's most fashionable architect, the 41-year-old redesigned Tom's Kitchen and refurbished the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill. His clients include David Cameron . Le Thoronet Abbey, near Toulon in Var, France, dates from the 12th century and is an inspirational place that all architects can learn from. The peace and quality of light are amazing.

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