Inside Outside Inside The Villa Guilia is, even more than the Glass House or Jacque Tati’s film “Playtime”, about ...

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The Villa Guilia is, even more than the Glass House or Jacque Tati?s film ?Playtime?, about transparency, layering and the ambiguity of inside and outside.

Without the technical option to use glass as a literal transparent membrane, or the ability to span large spaces without massive vaulting or domes, the rooms of the Villa Guilia depend instead on the genius of form in light. Designed by, among others, Michelangelo, the villa employs a robust grid and a deft manipulation of scale (two of his favorite architectural tropes). In the end they are as finely wrought and structurally explicit as anything by Mies and as spatially layered and sequenced as anything by Le Corbusier.

And they manage, as Colin Rowe noted in 1950, all this modernity (and mannerism) a mere 400 years before any of the above.