Casa Balboni

By: Carlo Scarpa
Place: Venice
Year: 1964-68

Casa Balboni is perhaps one of Scarpa's least known houses. Located in a magnificent position on the Grand Canal at the level of the Accademia, it is a two-story long house. Often the Venetian houses on lower floors are not very bright, but this is not the case of the Balboni house: its large openings towards the Grand Canal (on which it overlooks with a magnificent terrace) and towards an internal vegetated courtyard make it very bright, despite its longitudinal development and despite its depth.

In fact, it can be said that this house is built of light alone, which reverberates and reflects on the stuccoed and polished surfaces, modelled like a continuous and organic sculpture. Matter and light become a single material that, indeed, makes this place seem to be made of a luminous matter.  


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