brion vega cemetery

I first visited this place when I was doing a semester at syracuse’s florence program – it is located in the middle of nowhere in the midst of cornfields and very small towns. finding it again years later was a challenge since it was still the early days of internet and very much before gps systems. the entire experience from the perimeter walls, which are built to the height of a stalk of corn – to the common color of the cast angled concrete walls begin a story of what this cemetery is all about. this was arguably carlo scarpa’s masterpiece work and on one of the exterior walls, in an unimportant corner – scarpa, himself, is buried there standing in a vertical position 6 feet under the ground. it is a magical experience to walk through and realize every material, every decision is deliberate but still extremely poetic – as scarpa was so very capable of creating. it is well worth a visit if you are in the veneto – it is close to many of the palladian villas – like Emo…

Brion Vega Cemetery
San Vito d’Altivole
near Treviso


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