The Brion Cemetery in Altivole

The Brion Cemetery in San Vito d’Altivole, in the province of Treviso, is a building made for the living.

It was designed by Carlo Scarpa, one of the most important Italian architects of the last century, who once said, “architecture is a very difficult language to understand, it is mysterious”. A language that cannot help reaching the highest level of mystery when coming to terms with the passage from tangible history – personal or universal – to the dimension that is beyond, and which is essentially unknown.

The complex was built between 1970 and 1978. It was commissioned by Onorina Brion Tomasin, who wanted a place to honor the memory of her late husband, Giuseppe Brion – founder of iconic Italian electronics company, Brionvega – and where to bury his mortal remains.

The Cemetery’s 2,000 square meters, in the shape of an upside-down “L”, are surrounded by cornfields and by the neighboring San Vito d’Altivole cemetery. It includes various buildings, flowerbeds, water basins, and an elegant garden. The Venetian architect combined heterogeneous materials – concrete, bronze, glass, ebony and ivory, granite, brass, copper and marble – to create one of his most outstanding masterpieces. In a corner of all this, as was his wish, he rests in peace since his death in 1978.

A place that exudes mystery, silently probing its accidental visitors.

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December 10, 2013

The Brion Cemetery in Altivole

Altivole (Tv), Località San Vito
Via Brioni