Carlo Scarpa – An Italian master


Carlo Scarpa was born in Venice on June 2,1906 . In the most beautiful city in the world he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts where he met the professor and architect Vincent Rinaldo where he became assistant. In 1926, the same year he graduated, he became a teacher at the Higher Institute of Architecture in Venice.

The Life of Carlo Scarpa

His first works date back to the years of study at the academy, when he began to collaborate with some of Murano glass. After the diploma, 27-30 worked for the artistic glassworks of Murano MVM Cappellin & Co. As from 1932 he was appointed artistic director of glassware Paolo Venini, a role he held until 1946, and that led him to develop a strong dialectic between drawings and production techniques. During this time he also had the opportunity to exhibit his work at the Venice Biennale and the Milan Triennale.

At the age of thirty, when he had already accumulated a lot of experience and formed part of his sensibility, Scarpa made his first architectural work – Ca ‘Foscari in Venice. The project turned out to be one of the most innovative restoration projects on the existing period. He spoke on built in a respectful manner, but at the same time introducing new design elements that increase the value of the work.

From here on, Carlo Scarpa was able to design and teach at the IUAV like few other Italian architects were able to do in the last century. In an way absolutely masterful and unique. The whole world appreciates his work and admires the drawings, so that the MAK in Vienna decided to buy several of his drawings and save them for their own exhibitions.
The bibliography is wasted in every language and in every country there are numerous texts that trace projects and ideas.

Among the Venetian Architect best works:


  • Olivetti Showroom in Venice

Olivetti Carlo Scarpa

Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia - Carlo Scarpa

  • House Ottolenghi
  • Brion Tomb in San Vito d’Altivole
  • Venezuela Pavilion in Venice
  • Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Banca Popolare di Verona

An architect who never in his lifetime was an architect. In fact, only in 1978 received a degree honoris causa in architecture from the University Institute of Architecture in Venice. Recognition that unfortunately could never withdraw because he died the same year in Japan. Place several times that he was an inspiration in his life.

« Possiamo dire che l’architettura che noi vorremmo essere poesia dovrebbe chiamarsi armonia, come un bellissimo viso di donna. Ci sono forme che esprimono qualche cosa. L’architettura è un linguaggio molto difficile da comprendere, è misterioso, a differenza delle altre arti, della musica in particolare, più direttamente comprensibili… Il valore di un’opera consiste nella sua espressione: quando una cosa è espressa bene, il suo valore diviene molto alto. »
(Carlo Scarpa, 1976)

All photographs (except the cover) ©Luca Onniboni – (do whatever you want, reminding us)

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