Venice

a quick sketch of a building across the Grand Canal from the train station.

The ubiquitous wood shutters of most of Italy, but especially in Venice, draw an interesting contrast to the substantial stucco-over-masonry buildings.  Throughout the day the building they modulate the light/privacy/view with a complex variety of open, closed, tilted and cracked-opened shutters and awnings.

The regular and usually bilateral symmetry of the building's openings is largely mute to the use of the room beyond, but the type and position of the shutters and awnings lend a kind of phenomenal transparency to the life of space.