Sant' Aponal

Photographer: Edwin Smith, 1961
Copyright: Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

The earliest buildings in the lagoon were built in timber but this was soon replaced by brick. Considerably lighter than stone and consisting of small elements, it accommodated a certain amount of movement due to the unstable foundations without serious consequences to the structure. In addition, as brick does not retain water but allows moisture to dry out, it was therefore particularly suitable for building in the lagoon.