Read online or download a free book: Querini Stampalia Foundation, Venice 1961-63 (Architecture In Detail)
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd: 01 edition (16 Sept. 1993)
By: Richard Murphy (Author)
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Scarpa's rearrangement of the ground floor and garden of the sixteenth century Palazzo Querini Stampalia is a lesson in contemporary intervention, demonstrating the architect's supreme ability to weave the new into the old. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese architecture and the Venetian tradition, Scarpa combines a mastery of form with an inventive juxtaposition of materials. One notable feature of the foundation is its garden, which uses water in an inspired way and takes advantage of the rising and lowering of the Venice tide. Inside, Scarpa has created a striking exhibition space where the play of light creates chiaroscuro effects. The ensemble results not only in a perfect interaction of tradition and modernity, but also a reinterpretation of the phenomena of Venice, city of Scarpa's birth.
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