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

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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.


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