Banca Popolare di Verona-2012.07.12

Posted: July 12, 2012 in 7.12, Architecture & Place-Making, Bank, Carlo Scarpa, Modern, Urban, Verona
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The headquarters of the Banca Popolare di Verona is a building designed by Carlo Scarpa in collaboration with Arrigo Rudi, who has completed the master’s work after his death. The collaboration between the Banca Popolare di Verona and Carlo Scarpa began in 1973 and ended in 1978 , the year of his death, while the building was completed in 1981 according to the original project by the Venetian. It is located in the historic center in Verona , and overlooks the Nogara Square and Convent Lane.

Detail of the facade

Carved-in detail on the exterior

The window extend out of the facade plane

The facade is divided, from bottom to top, in socket marble, the central part plastered and lodge in steel.

Carlo Scarpa faced two issues of importance and related to each other: first, the relationship that was to be born between old and new headquarters, and the second, having part of the facade on Piazza Nogara, so with a view front and side of Convent Lane, then with a foreshortened view of the building. The answer to the first issue was the attempt to understand the building of the old location without copying it, as the new headquarters would be an extension of the old and that was surrounding them. The second difficulty conceiving of the solution found on the square as a neutral, almost flat, with a bow window as the only element that emerges from the edge of the facade, bay windows, which still loses plasticity, since the square is the front view of the preferred and furthermore is at the top. Also note that the circular windows are the offices of the Director and Deputy Director, then there is a link between the organization and hierarchy of the interior and exterior. The part on the alley instead is provided with plastic elements and effects of light stronger, since in this case the view is foreshortened, and the oblique vision enhances the three-dimensional reading of this part of the prospectus . So this is where part of the four bay windows , the massive gateway, and the cut to the ground. Despite the high plasticity of this part there is no interference with the oldest site of the Bank, as the most neutral (next to the old site) acts as a filter. Compared to that of the seat pre-existing, the facade Scarpa is lower and slightly backward, and apparently is hooked to it only at the level of the base and the socket, while the intermediate part is almost autonomous.

A practical response to the problem of relations between old and new sedation is the reworking of some sophisticated elements, such as shelves of balconies , shaped triglyph, stretch and shrink, making the thin vertical strips that have the function of runoff , connecting the circular and rectangular windows, or the band molded to the seat of the oldest Banca Popolare di Verona separates the earth from the first floor, in the new building becomes becoming the frame on which you set the lodge.

Luckily we went inside the building and got some interior shots, which will shown below.

Interior shot showing the varies of volume and the fabulous play of light in this building

The corridor is wrapped with wooden finishes, I think the use of wood is to reflect light inside of the space to make it brighter.

It is amazing how the opening is create above the door to bring light in

Detail of the handrail

Another detail shows the handrail

Windows looking inside out, I can feel the different layers of facade, the views outside are framed and light are controlled through the two layers of apertures

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