Sustainable Design Option Studio 2 Trip – The Palladio Studio

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Group Photo at Villa Rotonda

Introduction (Statement by Rene Tan)

The Palladio Studio is a 4th-year design studio at SUTD–led by Rene Tan and his senior colleagues at RT+Q Architects–that explores the tripartite relationship between: 1) the study of history (Palladio’s works), 2) the experience of history (travelling and visiting Palladio’s buildings) and 3) the application of history onto current affairs (reinterpreting Palladio’s ‘old values’ and designing with them in the context of ‘new challenges’ today).

Andrea Palladio (1508-80) and his oeuvre remain relevant today.

Over a period of 5 days, students visited Palladio’s buildings in Venice and Vicenza–seeing, evaluating, understanding, enjoying, being overwhelmed, sketching and most importantly learning to apply the design principles of the great Italian Renaissance architect to design today.

Buildings visited, amongst others, included the Villa Rotonda (Palladio’s most famous work), the Villa Malcontenta, the Teatro Olimpico and the churches of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Il Redentore.

Apart from the ‘Palladian lessons’, the study-trip also covered urban experiences in Venice, Vicenza and Milan including visits to the 2018 Venice Biennale. The trip was ‘designed’ to broaden the student’s awareness beyond the classroom.

Erwin Viray, Pillar Head (dean) of ASD at SUTD, was also present on the trip to share his experiences and wisdom with the students.

Day 1


Piazza San Marco, Venice


San Giorgio Maggiore by Palladio

Dinner at restaurant near Ponte di Railto

Day 2

Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale


Sketching exercise at Villa Rotonda


Group Photo Taken with Rene Tan and Erwin Viray at Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennale


Interior of Villa Malcontenta

Day 3

Vatican Chapel by Francesco Cellini


Nordic Pavilion in Venice Biennale. Giardini site


Group photo at Venice Biennale with Erwin Viray

Group photo at Doge Palace, Bridge of Sigh (background)

Day 4

Group photo at Brion cemetery

Querini Stampalia, with water feature

Day 5

Teatro Olimpico

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus

The trip is enjoyable and fruitful. Rene and Erwin were eager to share their architectural insights, which helped to relate the actual buildings to what we analyzed in the first half of the term. It is also amazing to get to experience the space and feel the material with our hands, in order to understand how is everything being brought together to form harmony.

Eileen and Ying at Venice Biennale, Giardini Site

2018-11-13T11:00:26+08:00Categories: Overseas Trips|