Skip to content

Carlo Scarpa

by Carlo Scarpa

From archi­tec­ture to works in glass, from design projects to prepar­ing museum exhi­bi­tions, the work of Carlo Scarpa has always stood out in the unmis­tak­able way in which it manages to bring together his love for mate­ri­als, his atten­tion to detail and his masterly elab­o­ra­tion of organic and Wright­ian poetics. Archi­tect, designer and artist, Scarpa left the Venice Academy of Art in 1926 and began profes­sional work. For twenty years, right up until the second half of the Forties, he received numer­ous commis­sions to design, convert prepare build­ings. As one of the most enig­matic and under­ap­pre­ci­ated archi­tects of the 20th century, Carlo Scarpa is best known for his instinc­tive approach to mate­ri­als, combin­ing time-honored crafts with modern manufacturing processes.

The defin­i­tive mono­graph on a cele­brated Italian archi­tect, Carlo Scarpa includes more than 350 photographs, sketches, and archi­tec­tural plans, along with in‐​depth walk throughs’ of over 15 key projects such as the Central Pavil­ion in the Giar­dini of the Venice Bien­ni­ale, the Olivetti Show­room in St. Mark’s Square, the Canova Museum, and the Brion Ceme­tery. A cult figure with mass appeal, Scarpa was heralded by archi­tec­tural lumi­nar­ies such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn. Today, Scarpa’s work is more rele­vant than ever

With an illu­mi­nat­ing text by Robert McCarter, who has devel­oped a repu­ta­tion and follow­ing for his metic­u­lously researched, exper­en­tially-based, and jargon-free accounts of key figures in Modern archi­tec­ture, this book provides the defin­i­tive study of Scarpa’s many accom­plish­ments, includ­ing such works at the Canova Museum, the Castelvech­hio Museum and the Brion Ceme­tery, among others.

Carlo Scarpa

Italy (1906–1978)

An architect who renovated existing buildings, Carlo Scarpa is often called one of the most underappreciated modern masters. His aesthetic was defined by an obsession with detail, numerology, and history. Scarpa is best known for his architectural works, including the elegant renovation of the Museo di Castelvecchio in Verona, but he also designed furniture, such as the award-winning Doge table for Simon/Gavina.

Born in Venice in 1906, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and went on to be the director of Venini Glassworks from 1932 to 1947. It is there that Scarpa’s distinct approach to materials and craftsmanship began to emerge. His travels to Japan and the influence of other architects he admired—he idolized Frank Lloyd Wright—began to inform his work. The strict angular composition of his structures was always complemented by a spiritual element. No project was alike, and each had a unique history and strong connection to its surroundings. In 1968, Scarpa took on his final project, a private burial in the Brion Cemetery near the Dolomite Mountains. The tomb would end up being the architect’s final resting place.

More in Additions

View All

More in Carlo Scarpa

View All