Villa Foscari "La Malcontenta"

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

Villa Foscari — also known as “La Malcontenta” — was built in the late 1550’s for brothers of a Venetian noble family, the Foscaris. After the fall of the Republic of Venice, the villa was relinquished by the family and suffered a period of neglect, when it was used as a warehouse. It was rescued in 1924 by a Brazilian, Albert Clinton Landsberg.

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

For the past 40 years, an Italian architect, Antonio Foscari — a descendent of the original owners — has cherished and lived in this Palladian masterpiece with his family.

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

It is both a challenge and pleasure to live in a grand home that epitomizes architectural harmony and beauty. Placing furniture can be one such challenge, requiring the utmost sensitivity not to disrupt the spirit of the villa, since the concept of furniture did not exist in Palladio’s time.

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

In turn, the challenge in Palladio’s rigorous achievement can be exceptionally inspirational.

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

To many, Palladio’s villas are the pinnacle of classical proportion and geometry. However, his writings record the difficulty, familiar to most architects, in balancing his clients’ desire for comfort and to manifest their social status with his pursuit of architectural beauty. The delight of living experienced in Villa Foscari may prove that ultimately, Palladio perfected in both.

JA+U : Villa Foscari by Andrea Palladio

Villa Foscari and many other villas by Palladio are featured in out magazine; a+u November, 2011.