Topic and aim
Goals of the project are to identify and document the architectural and cultural significance of Casa Zentner in relation to the peculiar history of the clients, and to the work of Carlo Scarpa, setting this house within a broader context between Venice and Zurich.
The research will study the drawings at the Archivio Carlo Scarpa and the documents in different private archives. An important part of the project is the collection of information through oral history, including the unique possibility of interviewing some of the original participants in its designing and building.
Zentner house itself will be analysed to understand the constructive and material features contributing to its particular character (from the use of prefabricated cast concrete elements to the more precious hand-made details).
Social scientific context
Zentner house constitutes a relevant example in Scarpa's career for the clients involved, and the long distance context, which could shed a new light on his poetic and design approach and understanding the nature of the exchanges between Scarpa and the Zurich artistic and architectural milieu.
Carlo Scarpa, Savina Zentner, Angelo Masieri, 20th century villas, Zurich, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dino Gavina.