SIGHTSEEING & MUSEUMS
Follow the path of Venice's most-beloved 20th century architect, Carlo Scarpa, to discover places where old and new are fused together to create a new concept of “classic.” By Romena Brugnerotto
Following the path of Venice's most-beloved 20th century architect, Carlo Scarpa
The best-loved Venetian architect of the 20th century, Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) left his personal stamp on numerous works in the Lagoon city. Before focusing full-time on architecture, he worked as a glass designer, creating a special link between architecture and this time-honoured craft for which the city is renowned. Scarpa is best-known for his instinctive approach to materials, combining artisanal techniques with modern production methods. Though closely linked to Venice, his architecture was also strongly influenced by Japanese culture.
Here's where you can find some of Scarpa's works while strolling through Venice's calli.
Ca' Foscari-Aula Baratto (Dorsoduro, 3246): take advantage of a visit to the university to admire this exquisite masterpiece boasting a breathtaking view over the Grand Canal.
Galleria dell'Accademia (Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro 1050) and the Correr Museum (St. Mark's Square): Scarpa contributed to restoring several areas of these famous Venetian galleries, including designing new exhibition spaces to enhance the works displayed.
Negozio Olivetti (Piazza San Marco, 101): in the ‘50s, Scarpa was commissioned to remodel the Olivetti showroom. You can admire some of it from the outside, but if you want to have a decent look, you should really step inside.
Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Santa
Maria Formosa, Castello 5252): the minimalist design and water features of the building's beautiful garden strongly evince the gardens of classical China and Japan.
Sculpture Garden (Italian Pavilion and the Pavilion of Venezuela): the gardens at the Biennale are well worth a visit if only to see the pavilions and the works created by Scarpa.
FONDAZIONE QUERINI STAMPALIA