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Brion-Vega Cemetery

Altivole, Italy
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The Brion Vega Cemetery is in San Vito d'Altivole near Treviso, Italy. Carlo Scarpa began designing the addition to an existing municipal cemetery in 1968. Although he continued to consider changes to the project, it was completed before his accidental death in 1978.

The enclosure is a private burial ground for the Brion family, commissioned by Giuseppe Brion, the founder of the Brionvega company. Scarpa is buried adjacent to the Brion sanctuary. Several discrete elements comprise the Brion family burial site: A sloped concrete enclosing wall, two distinct entrances, a small chapel, two covered burial areas (the arcosolium for Giuseppe and Onorina Brion, and one for other family members), a dense grove of cypresses, a prato (lawn), and a private meditation/viewing pavilion, separated from the main prato by a separate and locked entrance, and a heavily vegetated reflecting pool. The "viewing device" of the pavilion of meditation suggests a vesica piscis, a repeated leitmotif in Scarpa's architecture.

The architect said about this project: "I would like to explain the Tomb Brion. I consider this work, if you permit me, to be rather good and which will get better over time. I have tried to put some poetic imagination into it, though not in order to create poetic architecture but to make a certain kind of architecture that could emanate a sense of formal poetry. The place for the dead is a garden. I wanted to show some ways in which you could approach death in a social and civic way; and further what meaning there was in death, in the ephemerality of life other than these shoe-boxes."

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mariathuroczy, November 7th, 2019
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