Ruth Slavid talks architecture

When in Venice…

Posted in ventilation by ruthslavid on December 1, 2009

I had never realised the thinking behind those marvellous bell-topped Venetian chimneys which form a key part of so many marvellous paintings.

until I heard Peter Fisher of Bennetts Associates speaking about the practice’s work on Hampshire County Council’s offices. The Venetians, apparently, were terrified of back draughts and used this form to avoid them.

Bennetts has put ‘chimneys’ onto its building to facilitate stack ventilation, using the same principle.

Marvellous to see someone referencing Italian architecture in terms of function rather than form – and the inevitable second-best pastiche.