Olivetti/ Scarpa

The Olivetti Typewriter showroom, designed Carlo Scarpa. 1958. Concealed side-door as if leading to an Egyptian tomb. Water-door to canal more Japanese, with teak grate and a lower floor level to allow for flooding. Pumping system installed. Murano glass mosaic floor in colours denoting areas and uses. Side entrance blue. Front entrance red. Aurisina marble, both polished and left unfinished by turn. Shadow-gaps. A space for promenading. 

Floating staircase. Slidable shelving, delicately anchored. 
Oval windows onto St Mark’s Square, with sliding teak and rosewood grates. 

Liston, an afternoon stroll, takes place in the Square.

Liste – a strip of Istrian marble paving there.