Carlo Scarpa – Brion Cemetery

By Helen Stroud 10th June 2020

Walking into Brion Cemetery I instantly got goose pimples. Not so far from Treviso and about an hour from the city centre of Venice, in San Vito d’Altivole, you can find the masterpiece of Carlo Scarpa: the Brion Tomb and Sanctuary. Carlo Scarpa (June 2, 1906 – November 28, 1978) is one of the most controversial and underappreciated architects of the 20th century.


He is best known for his instinctive approach to materials, combining time-honoured crafts with modern manufacturing processes. The cemetery stands at more than 2,000 square meters: an L-shaped land along two sides of the cemetery of San Vito d’Altivole. The monument has two entrances, one facing directly onto the street, the other located inside the cemetery; both through a walkway decorated with symbolic meanings, you reach the place of actual burials, the tombs of Brion spouses. The symbolism recalls the concepts related to conjugal love and indissolubility of loving bond.



We spent the majority of our day here, it was quiet and peaceful and a place specifically used to meditate. It was incredible to see a building I have been looking at on sites like Pinterest for years, seeing it in the flesh was such a humbling experience.



As mentioned before, it takes roughly an hour from Venice by car and takes around half a day to explore, but it’s totally worth it.

Photos by: Helen Stroud

Related Articles

In Beverly Hills, this mid-century modern house designed by architect Alfred T. Wilkes in 1957 has been restored to glory with a new design that honours its original architecture while adding an eclectic selection of contemporary finishes. Designer Sophie Goineau – alongside architects Scott Strumwasser and Tash Rahbar, principals of Los Angeles-based firm, Enclosures Architects […]

Stretching out below cloud-shredding summits and swimming-pool-blue skies, the Cote d’Azur’s shores are home to a tangle of secret swimming spots that are dying to be dived into. And you can find the quiet ones—blissfully devoid of beachgoers bearing inflatables—if you know where to look, as Katia Damborsky discovers for Kobu. With its old-Hollywood charm […]

For The Eye: Casa Ter

9th October 2021

Designed of this handcrafted residence by Barcelona-based architecture studio MESURA could not be more KOBU its natural surroundings, the implementation of sustainability processes and the use of local materials in the build – concrete and stones from the River Ter. The rural setting of farm fields, pines and oaks evokes memories of youthful trips in […]