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Brion Cemetery, San Vito d’Altivole (TV), Italy

The Brion Cemetery is in San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy. Carlo Scarpa (1909-1978) designed the addition to a previous cemetery. He is buried in this cemetery in a well hidden spot under a very simple tombstone for a great architect like him, within the interstitial space created by the walls of the old and new cemeteries.

The perimeter walls are the same height as the surrounding corn, which deemphasizes the cemetery. It also includes an island which the visitor cannot access (arguably a metaphor for the afterlife).

Brion Cemetery

The window of the pavilion of meditation is in the form of a Vesica piscis, a repeated leitmotiv in Scarpa’s architecture. He had seen this mystical symbol in the absolute union betwen man and woman.

The Creator’s Words

“I would like to explain the Tomba Brion … The place for the dead is a garden….I wanted to show some ways in which you could approach death in a social and civic way…”

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