The best-loved Venetian architect of the 20th century, Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) left his personal stamp on numerous works in the Lagoon city. Discover them all in our itinerary!
A map of these venues follows
Before focusing full-time on architecture, he worked as a glass designer, creating a special link between architecture and this time-honoured craft for which the city is renowned.
Scarpa is best-known for his instinctive approach to materials, combining artisanal techniques with modern production methods. Though closely linked to Venice, his architecture was also strongly influenced by Japanese culture. Here’s where you can find some of Scarpa’s works while strolling through Venice’s calli.
1. Ca’ Foscari-Aula Baratto
2. Galleria dell’Accademia and the Correr Museum (St. Mark’s Square)
Scarpa contributed to restoring several areas of these famous Venetian galleries, including designing new exhibition spaces to enhance the works displayed.
Address: Campo Della Carità, 1050 (Gallerie dell’Accademia)
Piazza San Marco, 52 (Correr Museum)
Water boat: Vaporetto lines 1, 2, N (Accademia DX stop) – Gallerie dell’Accademia
Vaporetto lines 1, N (San Marco Vallaresso stop) – Correr Museuem
Phone Gallerie dell’Accademia: +39 041 5222247
Phone Correr Museum: +39 041 2405211
GPS Gallerie dell’Accademia: 45.43107, 12.32813
GPS Correr Museum: 45.43353, 12.3372
3. Olivetti Store
In the ‘50s, Scarpa was commissioned to remodel the Olivetti showroom. You can admire some of it from the outside, but if you want to have a decent look, you should really step inside.
Phone: +39 041 5228387
GPS: 45.43416, 12.33756
Opening Days and Hours: From November to March: Tue-Sun 10.30am-5.30pm
From April to October: Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm
4. Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Phone: +39 041 2711411
GPS: 45.43677, 12.34159
Opening days and hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
5. Sculpture Garden (Italian Pavilion and the Pavilion of Venezuela)
The gardens at the Biennale are well worth a visit if only to see the pavilions and the works created by Scarpa.
Address: Cstello, 30100
Water boat: Vaporetto lines 4.2, 5.2, 6 (Giardini DX stop)
GPS: 45.42858, 12.35735