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Detached linings leave spaces in between. But the architectural recognition of the in-between varies. Edfu is almost all layers. The residual spaces are closed and dominate the small space at the center. St. Basel's is like a series of churches within a church. The intricate maze of residual spaces inside results from the proximity of the chapels to each other toward the center, and the closeness of the wrapping wall toward the outside.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), pp. 81-2.

In Charles V's palace at Granada, the Villa Farnese at Caprarola, and the Villa Giulia, the courtyards dominate because they are large and their shapes contrast with the shape of the perimeters. They make the primary space; the rooms of the palaces are leftover space. As in the preliminary scheme of Kahn's Unitarian Church in Rochester, the residual spaces are closed.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), p. 82.




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