Scarpa's olivetti showroom

If one were to single out an aspect of Scarpa's architecture that more than any other reveals the defining trait, it would have to be the edge, the border, the outermost limit. Be it merely the edge of a slab, the dividing lines among floor boards, the corner of a room, the gap between steps, or the narrow slot separating two different materials.

Scarpa's vast knowledge of materials, processes and images - as only an oral culture and the tacit skills of artisans are likely to generate, but that did not prevent him from putting this intimate acquaintance with things to unprecedented use. He could not resist testing the extent (and at times, the very limit) of traditional methods: Favouring combinations of materials and methods that most craftsmen would ordinarily shun.

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