Scarpa and Mies

I have found a collection of drawings by Carlo Scarpa for his Villa Ottolenghi. You can see them here. He's doing site analysis and sketching forms and planning access all in the same drawings.

For Mies, the MOMA has a pretty good collection of his drawings. If you follow this link, you can see a selection, some from his architecture, some from his furniture. He did pretty minimalistic sketches, but he also did some with ink and color.


  1. The scarpa link appears not to be working? Here it is, again:

    1. Could you elaborate a bit more on the process? What and how are they drawing, and how does that activity further the development of their projects? Choose one project and try to extract the sequence of development. Can you identify their main concepts?

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  3. I especially liked the first of the six images. At first I thought that the structure was located in a big city, and that all the little lines were indicative of other buildings that closely surrounded the Villa Ottolenghi. I then saw the second diagram listed and noticed that the "surrounding site" was different, not just due to the scale change. My understanding of the project changed and evolved as a result of those diagrams. Maybe everything drawn past the built boundaries of the villa was representative of a landscape that might change, or is changing, which made it difficult to draw accurately. I searched for some photographs of the villa to see it it was an urban landscape...which Scarpa deemed was not important to accurately draw-in since it wasn't important to his proposal...or if the surrounding site had a jagged and turbulent landscape (rocky) that made it difficult to represent accurately. I learned that the villa is not located in the city, and that it isn't surrounded by a landscape that is jagged or in-flux. I also learned that it was designed as an art maybe Scarpa included all those random lines in his site-plans since what was important to him was the structure and what was inside it. The villa is located in a fairly normal countryside landscape...and everything that surrounded the villa in his site diagrams may have just been his working notes that he wanted included in the diagram, perhaps to indicate his lengthy process.

    *the images

    *a photograph of the Villa Ottolenghi

    *an accurate and basic plan drawing