Thursday, 20 November 2008

Villa Poiana

Image by Hans A. Rosbach

After the Villa Saraceno, another of Palladio's smaller villas.

This is another early design from Palladio, from 1548-49, and is perhaps my favourite of all his buildings. It's a very restrained, even spare, classical design. It's so stripped back that it almost looks modern - or even postmodern, with its exaggerated use of simple shapes.

The only decorative element on the facade is the central arch with five oculi above the doorway. It's a simplified version of the design that Palladio frequently used for windows, with an arched central light flanked by columns or pilasters and a light on either side. Palladio used it so often that, even though he didn't invent it, it has became known as a "Palladian window".

As an example of Palladio's enduring appeal, here's a house in California directly inspired by the Villa Poiana.

David Pierce Hohmann architects

1 comment:

columnist said...

Palladio is a dream, for whom I and I'm sure many others are eternally grateful.