Collection: Pier Luigi Nervi: Art and Science of Building

The Scope

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Norfolk’s greatest modern building: Norfolk Scope. Designed by renowned Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi in collaboration with local architectural firm Williams and Tazewell. The Scope remains the largest thin-shell dome in the US.

This exhibition will follow Nervi’s career as an architect in Italy through many projects, including airplane hangars, cathedrals, exhibit halls, and skyscrapers, giving visitors an understanding of the unique architectural achievement of Scope and its place in the history of modern architecture.

On view October 1, 2021 — February 27, 2022

View the archived exhibition page here.