Though the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa started practising in 1927, it was not until the 1950s that his work began to be appreciated internationally, when he remodelled the Museo Castelvecchio in Verona.
Nearly everything he designed was in Italy. He was ahead of his time with his ideas of conservation, respect for the past, love of materials and the possibilities of decoration. Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his work is nevertheless rooted in the Venetian tradition. Michael Browne says of Scarpa's work "a simple device becomes a celebration that explains an action, focuses the eye on an element of decoration, and speaks of the care and skill with which the building has been designed and put together".
Scarpa's Villa Ottolenghi is featured in Twentieth Century Houses Series 1.
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