Palazzo Porto Breganze, Vicenza
Vincenzo Scamozzi designed to building in early 1600's, following Palladio plans. Only two of the intended seven bays were completed. This structure feature three huge Corinthian columns, and the overall design is of Palladio ideas. The interior is now changed very much from the original and entry is prohibited. It now has Telecom Italia in the building as tenants.
Palazzo Porto-Breganze was started at the end of 1500 by V. Scamozzi, according to Palladio's plans, but was left unfinished.
Only two of the seven bays planned have been actually built. The existing facade features three enormous Corinthian semi-columns and capitals are decorated with rich festoons.
The palace is housing today Telecom Italia spa.
This piece of a palace is quite peculiar as it represents only 2 of the seven bays that were part of Palladio’s original design. For various reasons, the building was never finished. The design represents some of the architects most artistic design, done late in his career.
It was not constructed until the 17th century by Vincenzo Scamozzi, following the original plans. Had it been competed, you can picture the presence and unification it would have brought on the piazza (piazza Castello).
If this 16 th. century building appears to be part of a much larger building, it is because that is what was intended. The building as originally designed by the great Palladio, was eight times the size of the final product that you see in this photo. As I understand it, the elements of this building were basically to be repeated eight times over, much as is the case with basilica Palladiana.
Palladio should have known that such an immense building would never be completed. After all he toiled for many years as a stonemason before getting the opportunity to become an architect. Or perhaps being the man of great vision that he was, he thought that some day a " copy machine " for buildings would be invented, and his great project would finally be completed. They are still working on such an invention.