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Villa Ottolenghi : Carlo Scarpa (edition 1998)

by Francesco Dal Co

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Title:Villa Ottolenghi : Carlo Scarpa
Authors:Francesco Dal Co
Info:New York: Monacelli Press, 1998.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:architecture, italy, case study, new

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Villa Ottolenghi (One House) by Carlo Scarpa

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First, the good: the oft-overlooked Villa Ottolenghi is my far and away my favorite work by Carlo Scarpa. This book is the only monograph I know of on the house. Unlike other monographs, which tend to contain only artful photographs of the finished work, this book contains dozens, if not hundreds, of Scarpa's sketches. It allows you to see how the house developed and how Scarpa worked (which is important as Scarpa has a reputation for frequent redesigns). The book also explains how the site and local zoning restrictions influenced the design, and how Scapra's freindship with the client gave him carte blanche in what would be his final residential design.

Now, the not-so-good: Well, a few of the pictures are blurry or out of focus. One full-page photo is so bad that I at first wondered if it was intended to be art piece. Also, out of the hundreds of sketches, there are no section drawings at all, and only one (unlabeled) hardlined plan. In a building with a floor plan as complex as the Villa Ottolenghi's, this left me feeling a little lost.

Overall, the book is rich in process and rationale. There's a lot to sink your teeth into. The best part for me was being able to peruse the hundreds of rough drawings and doodles, which must be the next best thing to rummaging through Scarpa's sketchbook. ( )
  ibbetson | Jun 2, 2006 |
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