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Design in Venice

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The most renowned project is undoubtedly the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Campo Santa Maria Formosa. In 1949 the great architect Carlo Scarpa drew up a project redesigning the access bridge, atrium, ground floor and garden. It was not implemented until a decade later and is now one of the most successful examples of modern architectural restoration in Venice.


The 20thcentury saw several projects that were to change the face of various sites, both famous and obscure, throughout the city.


If you head towards St Mark’s Square you can admire another intervention by Carlo Scarpa in Venice: the restoration of the former Olivetti Showroom which was carried out between 1957-58, a year after receiving the Olivetti prize for architecture.


Continuing along the Riva degli Schiavoni you reach the Giardini della Biennale, where you can admire the Sculpture Garden and the Italian pavilion from 1952 and the Venezuela Pavilion from 1956, works testifying to Scarpa’s long collaboration with the Biennale.


He also worked with Venini, the historic Venetian glass-maker’s, designing new glass objects and taking part in the leading international design exhibitions.

Near Piazzale Roma, alongside the Church of San Nicolò da Tolentino is the entrance to IUAV, the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, designed by Scarpa between 1966 and 1978, and built by recomposing the fragments of an ancient portal made of Istrian stone salvaged during the restoration of the building housing the university.

In Piazzale Roma you can see the fourth bridge to span the Grand Canal, a masterpiece of modern architecture and design, spanning the canal between the railway station and the bus terminus: the new bridge designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (and which is due to be inaugurated in June 2008) has a steel span, glass and Istrian stone risers and glass and bronze parapets.


Finally, if you take a vaporetto to the Lido you can stroll between the Art Deco villas in the town centre or along the promenade where you’ll find the celebrated Moorish-style Hotel Excelsior.


Nearby are the Palazzo del Cinema and the Palazzo del Casinò, two 1930s buildings housing the leading cultural and social events held during the summer and most importantly in September, when the Lido is home to the celebrated Venice Film Festival that draws actors, directors and movie personalities from all over the world to the city.



Useful information:


Venice Biennale

San Marco 1364/a - 30124 Venice Italy
Tel: 041 5218711
Fax: 041 5236374


Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, 30122 Venice Italy
tel 041 2711411
fax 041 2711445


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