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THE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSOR

Francesca Vannucci

CARLO SCARPA WAS ONE OF ITALY'S MOST BELOVED, AND UNCONVENTIONAL, ARCHITECTS. BELOW, ONE OF HIS MOST BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS, THE ENTRANCE TO THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, INSPIRED BY AN ANCIENT ISTRIAN STONE DOOR. SCARPA DESIGNED A REPETITIVE THEME OF STEPPED RELIEF THROUGHOUT THE COURTYARD, UTILIZING THE ORIGINAL DOOR AS A GROUNDING CENTER PIECE. 

MADE FOR THE ACT OF ‘ENTERING’, THE SHALLOW RELIEF OF THE WALL CREATES AN ILLUSION OF MOVEMENT FOR THE VIEWER. A DEEPLY SENSITIVE ARTIST, WHO UNDERSTOOD THE POWER OF HISTORY AND ITS PLACE IN A MODERN WORLD, SCARPA’S ABILITY TO INCORPORATE THE ANCIENT DESIGN IN A SURPRISINGLY MODERN WAY IS THE KEY TO HIS BRILLIANCE AND LEGACY. 

architecture venice
architecture venice

A MODERN CUBE STRUCTURE, CLEAN LINES AND LUMINOUS PLASTER WALLS, SIMPLY FRAMED IN STEEL WINDOWS – CREATED BY CARLO SCARPA TO HOUSE ANTONIO CANOVA’S NEOCLASSICAL SCULPTURE. 

A PERFECT JUXTAPOSITION OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND CLASSICAL ART…

museum
museum

HIS MOST ICONIC MASTERPIECE, THE BRION CEMETERY, WAS A COMMISSION FOR GIUSEPPE BRION AND HIS WIFE IN 1968. THE PROJECT IS SOME OF SCARPA’S MOST CAPTIVATING AND EXPRESSIVE WORK.

A CIRCULAR MOTIF, HARMONIOUS THEME THROUGHOUT BRION, IS VISUALLY ICONIC, RECALLING JAPANESE DESIGN, THE BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY OF WABI-SABI AND INCORPORATING THE POWERFUL USE OF SPACE. A PRESENCE OF WATER IS A NOD TO SCARPA’S VENETIAN ROOTS. 

Brion
Brion

CHARACTERISTICS OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY WABI-SABI: BEAUTY IN IMPERFECTIONS, ASYMMETRY, SIMPLICITY, ASPERITY, AUSTERITY AND INTIMACY. 

wabi sabi
wabi sabi