The Brion-Vega Cemetery in San Vito d’Altivole is the epitome of Carlo Scarpa. In fact, he spent nine years perfecting this project- a family cemetery, memorial, and landscape. Usually, the cemetery is not open to visitors, but we had special access to all parts of the Brion-Vega Cemetery- due to our special relationship with the caretaker of the cemetery- who also happens to be the great nephew of the original couple that contracted this project.
Walking towards the cemetery, it becomes quite evident how subtle the project is against the landscape. When we were there, the corn from the surrounding fields had already been cut, but usually the height of the corn and the height of the perimeter walls are equal- creating a very minimal visual presence upon approach.
Constantly, Scarpa uses his play on pulling and pushing planes. He realizes them both on small and large scales. In addition, the use of water amplifies his intentions by creating a double vision of his designs. As usual, Scarpa places importance on the details of the design. While San Vito d’Altivole is a sleepy little town, it is worth visiting to experience the embodiment of Scarpa’s work and design in the Brion-Vega cemetery.