Developed Interior Elevation Model - mechanically bound bristol paper.




Andrea Palladio's Teatro Olympico


Anyone familiar with this room probably knows more than me. I did not get to visit, yet studied via plans, sections, elevations, site, and literature. Rather than restate what is known, I am posing unanswered questions for consideration. As work is digitized, these questions will have supporting studies added at a later time..

  1. How do forced frontal and/or oblique views impact perception?
  2. Does color set a mood for spatial understanding?
  3. Did Palladio orient the Teatro Olympico on its site to represent the streets of Vicenza, Italy? In the telling of the design/construction of Teatro Olympico, Oosting (1) suggests that Palladio would be seen crossing the bridge from the site to observe one of his final projects. While Palladio did not live to see its completion, it is my belief that on these observation walks, it came to Palladio that his perspectival scene would be modeled after the streets of Vicenza. The orientation of the building, and thus the directions of the perspectival streets closely match the greater field of the city. See site plan.
  4. How would inverting the container impact the spatial conditions of the room?

List of study materials:


(1) Oosting, J. Thomas. Andrea Palladio's Teatro Olimpico. Theater and dramatic studies, no. 8. Ann Arbor, Mich: UMI Research Press, 1981.