Design In Process

Sketching: working out complexities

Carlo Scarpa's design for the Brion tomb in Treviso

Detail of the design for the Brion tomb, San Vito di Altivole, Treviso, 1971
Colour drawing
Artist: Carlo Scarpa
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

In the 1960s and 1970s, while most modernists eschewed traditional materials and methods of construction, Carlo Scarpa approached architecture as a craft. Scarpa worked lyrically, his drawings and buildings often telling a narrative.

This drawing details the way in which Scarpa generated the design for the Brion tomb in plan, elevation and section simultaneously, constantly using construction lines to work out the building's form. Alongside and layered on top of this, Scarpa drew small vignettes, or perspective views. Though he drafted parts of the drawing, the layering of freehand sketches shows that Scarpa was working through the formation of the design as he drafted. This confusing drawing preceded more formal drawings later on, but the rough assemblage of lines and ideas presented here are impressive in their own right.


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