Vicenza: Apartment House (Italy)

Vicenza Apartment House

On the way to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale I travelled through Vicenza and had the opportunity to visit one of Carlo Scarpa’s lesser known built projects – the only apartment building design of his to be built.

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It was a joy to walk around the corner and see this project for the first time. An elegant four storey L-shaped block with some typical Scarpa touches.

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Full-height windows create an asymmetrical rhythm across the façade, most with concrete sills, and some with precast concrete balconies with ziggurat patterning and drainage holes.

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The entire building is set back from the street frontage with an off-form concrete structure in front creating a privacy screen and sunshade device.

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A section of the T-shaped concrete screen floats above, and frames, a small garden area.

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Red steel screens fill the gaps to the garden and match the colour of the intricately detailed steel structural columns and beams inserted around the base of the building.

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The building is capped with a pattern of alternating cylindrical and semi-spherical indentations.

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Beyond the entry gates is the entry to the apartments,

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along with a lush, Japanese inspired garden along with concrete, stone and brick paving set flat with concrete filled holes.

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Scarpa designed the project in 1974 after previous attempts had failed to gain approval, however it proved to be a difficult project and was completed in 1979 by Francesco Guitto, a year after Scarpa’s death.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Place: Vicenza Apartment House

Architect: Carlo Scarpa

Photographer: Stephen Varady

Map: Vicenza Apartment House

More information:  The Apartment House is mentioned in all 3 of these publications:

Carlo Scarpa - an architectural guide, Arsenale Editrice, 1995
Carlo Scarpa: an architectural guide by Sergio Los, Arsenale Editrice, 1995
Carlo Scarpa - Architecture and Design, 2006
Carlo Scarpa: Architecture and Design by Guido Beltramini and Italo Zannier, Rizzoli, 2006
Carlo Scarpa, Phaidon, 2013
Carlo Scarpa by Robert McCarter (Phaidon, 2013)

 

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