Banca Popolare di Verona
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Architect Carlo Scarpa
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Location Verona, Italy   map
Date 1973   timeline
Building Type commercial, bank
 Construction System concrete
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Powerful facade with eclectic detailing
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Photo, exterior, extruded window element

Photo, facade overview from street level
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Discussion Banca Popolare di Verona Commentary

"The existing building, of little value, is completely absorbed by the new construction. The elevation is drawn on two parallel planes: one, a load-bearing wall, has a doorway and carvings in the red stone of Verona; the other, recessed, is in glazed panels, revealing an impatience with conventional work, almost to the point of challenging functionality.However, the care taken with the decoration gives a dazzling gloss to this purposelessness, suggesting new reflecitons on the relationship between use and uselessness, between function and ornament."

—Maria Antonietta Crippa, Marina Loffi Randolin, ed. Carlo Scarpa: Theory Design Projects. p74.

The Creator's Words

"During Scarpa's five years of apprenticeship at the Academy, Venice enraptured him, brought to the surface a Byzantinism he already possessed, a taste for 'a relentless analysis of detail.' 'When I visited Florence for the first time I was immediately aware of the enormous architectural difference between the two cities. I can't deny that I'm impressed by Tuscan architecture, but such precision, such certainty are not part of my being. I am a true son of my region [Veneto] and have a strong feeling for my roots.' "

—Maria Antonietta Crippa, Marina Loffi Randolin, ed. Carlo Scarpa: Theory Design Projects. p14.

Resources
Sources on Banca Popolare di Verona

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.092. PCD.2260.1012.1834.093.

Maria Antonietta Crippa, Marina Loffi Randolin, ed. Carlo Scarpa: Theory Design Projects. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1986. NA 1123 .S35 C7513 1986. ISBN 0-262-03117-5. LC 85-23946. p14, 74.

Franco Fonatti. Elemente des Bauens bei Carlo Scarpa. Uebberreuter, Wien: Wiener Akademiereihe, 1985. ISBN 3-85441-008-5. NA1123.S35F66 1984. detail drawing of fenestration, abb56, p42. elevation drawing, abb26, p25.

Toshio Nakamura, ed. Carlo Scarpa. Architecture and Urbanism Extra Edition. A + U E8510, October, 1985. Tokyo: A + U Publishing Co. Color photo of second floor hall, p172. Color photo of front facade with the entrance on the right, p167.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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