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Unseen drawings of Carlo Scarpa's Villa Ottolenghi

The unpublished working drawings of Carlo Scapa’s last completed building

In this nearly complete version of the plan for Villa Ottolenghi, almost all of the programmatic components of the villa have been located. The arrangement of the master bedroom and the exact location and dimension of the curve walled bathroom within it (lower left), as well as the volume of the fireplace that connects the main living area and the study (center) are still in play. This version of the plan includes a column located in the sitting area of the master bedroom, along the northwest edge of the villa (lower left). The column will be relocated to the eastern side of the main living area in the final design.

Villa Ottolenghi site plan

Villa Ottolenghi site plan

Visible folds in the paper at the top, left and right, as well as the irregular shape of the sheet, illustrate how Scarpa worked on the drawing from multiple points of view, aligning his drafting edge to the various angles of the plan. Sketches and notations over the entire drawing further demonstrate this approach to the development of the villa plan.

Villa Il Palazzetto pergola chimney

Villa Il Palazzetto pergola chimney

Villa Ottolenghi entry stair

Villa Ottolenghi entry stair

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