After having spent some time with your head in the clouds at the Swiss Pavilion, spying on Japanese tiny houses and getting dazzled under the artificial sunrays of Lightscapes, don’t forget to feel right at home in the Slovenian Pavilion at the 15th annual Venice Architecture Biennale.
If you still haven’t visit the 15th Venice Biennale, you are running out of time. Only few days are left before the world’s most important 6-months long architectural exhibition will be ended. Opened on May, 28 it has been a great venue to see and get inspired. Missed it? No worries! Check our gallery below and step into the most exciting installations of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016.
This year's Nordic Pavilion at Venice Biennale went far beyond the classic protocol. Its interior, which was conceived as an extension of Giardini’s verdant public space, is a step-pyramid that reaches for the ceiling. Called “In Therapy” and curated by David Basulto, Archdaily’s founder and editor in chief, this informal wooden amphitheater is designed to create the perfect environment in which to have the ever so critical debate about how architecture can progress without disrupting the legacy of the past.
Here's a story that gives new meaning to the expression "head in the clouds." The Swiss Pavilion curated by Sandra Oehy and commissioned by the Swiss arts council pro helvetia for the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture features a breathtaking inhabitable "cloud." Designed by the Zurich-based architect Christian Kerez, the Incidental space is an enigmatic object created to investigate the margin between the technical feasibility of architecture and the limits of an architect’s imagination. Resembling a huge cloud from outside, the pavilion has a cave-like interior that one enters through a tiny opening.
Would you ever believe that somebody could drill a hole in the centuries-old roof of Venice Biennale’s Arsenale in order to host a temporary installation? No way! And yet the stunning Lightscapes set up and its solar rays seeping through the ceiling are somehow there and sending a very strong message.
Did you know that the introductory rooms of the 2016 Biennale Architettura were built with 100 tons of material generated by the dismantling of the previous Biennale? 10,000 sq.m of plaster board and 14 km of metal studs: this is what the visitor will see stepping inside of Biennale’s Arsenale hall this year.
Japan’s national participation at “Reporting From The Front” in Venice looks as an out of scale built tiny town showcasing some of the most intriguing architectural designs recently realized in the country. Semi-public shared space is the key feature of each project. Indeed, sharing is what the Japanese Pavilion at the Architectural Venice Biennale 2016 wants to speak about. Sharing of values, lifestyle and, of course, of architecture. Topic crucial enough to win a special mention in National Participations.
This year Venice Biennale brings you to cloud nine. Literally!
Designed by the Zurich-based architect Christian Kerez, the Switzerland Pavilion offers a unique experience of stepping into a real cloud. Realized as an ultra slim shell in fibre-cement, this pavilion is an inhabitable sculpture. Take off your shoes and sneak in it through a tiny hole. Bumpy, wavy and rough interior that you will find inside looks like a real cave. Though it features a very small room, its infinite complexity and unexpected puzzling shapes will make you want to climb it all in order to explore it up to the smallest detail.
Can you imagine a vault made of rock that stands strong without any mortar? If not, than go to Venice Biennale’s incredible installation known as Armadillo Vault, developed by ETH Zurich holds hundreds of limestone slabs with no glue.
Going to visit the 56th Art Biennale in Venice? Don’t forget to drop at the Italian Pavilion curated by Vincenzo Trione. Promise! You’ll find there really intriguing works of contemporary Italian art.
The Japanese Pavilion is one of the most evocative spaces at the Venice Art Biennale 2015. Once you step inside, you dive into a suggestive world tangled by hundreds of meters of red yarn and keys suspended from the ceiling draped over two large wooden boats placed right in the middle of the room.
The large scale Japanese installation entitled “The Key in the Hand” is a site-specific work of art conceived expressly for the 56th Venice Biennale by the Osaka-born and Berlin-based contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota in collaboration with the pavilion curator Hitoshi Nakano.
I am really sorry friends, but I did not have any time to post my last pictures from Venice. Each time I go there it is like a dream escape to a wonder world.
By the way, do you know anything about Venetian gondola?
Traditionally gondola has been the only water vehicle to ride Venetian water ways. It is slightly asymmetric and quite elongated. Even today its construction a difficult feat: about 280 components made of 8 different types of wood are employed. The cost of this boat is quite high eigher. People say, it starts from 25’000 eur. Well, at least a gondola trip costs much less: about 80 eur for a 40-minutes ride. Hmmm, I’d love to go...
Previously we asked if you have been to Venice Biennale of architecture this year? If you visted Giardini's Central Pavilion? And which "elements'" room did you like the most?
About 200 of you sheared with us your opinion. here are the result:
Just came back from my second trip to the 14th Venice Biennale. This time I went only to Giardini. And I should say I liked it much more than Arsenale that I visited some months earlier. Though my not very much positive feedback regarding Monditalia in Arsenale posted in June was perhaps given by the burning Italian summer sun…
Back to Giardini. I just loved it! I loved the simplicity, the clarity, the architecture (and not architects!).
One thing there I appreciated in particular: the fireplace hall. At the center of the room one encounters nothing else but a total-back-to-the-origin thing. “280,000 years ago…” says the display “fireplace was just a ground”. So simple!
Although our imaginary always depicts Venice as the city of history, picturesque water canals and charming antique bridges, there are some examples of contemporary design. One of them is the Constitution Bridge that was commissioned to Calatrava in 1996 and finally opened only 12 years later, in 2008. This bridge is different: it is made of glass. The only transparent overpass of Venetian waterways, the bridge for years has been a source of polemics.
Visiting the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful and unique city that used to be known as “Serenissima” - the capital of the Republic of Venice. Up to nowadays undoubtedly Venice is considered as the most beautiful city built by men.
Kosovo pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale is a spiky circular tower built from 692 wooden stools. Responding to the theme of the Biennale “Absorbing Modernity”, the curator Gëzim Paçarizi of the pavilion showed that the Modernity has actually never been absorbed in Kosovo. It was rather related to the Kosovos's political upheaval and, therefore, it was a synonym of destruction and imposed foreign aesthetics.
For this reason the tower is designed out of "shkambis" – traditional wooden stools that have been in use in Kosovo for over 10 000 years. By @NovozhilovaM
Colorful and fluffy carpet is the main characteristic of the Dominican Republic Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture. This bright and playful interior is a pretest to talk about “fair concrete” or, better, about other "finer" materials but bare cement, that used to be the symbol of the modernization of the country and therefore the primary construction material . By @NovozhilovaM
On the occasion of the 14th Biennale of architecture curated by Rem Koolhaas, the Kingdom of Bahrain presented an installation that is an architecture, a furniture, mentality and transparency at the same time. The full height book shelf filled with books separates pavilion’s interior and exterior while drawing comfortable inside space that infinitely rotates around the central table.
Today, June 7, beautiful Venice officially opens its spaces for the 14th Biennale of Architecture cunning by astute Rem Koolhaas.
Koolhaas’s Monditalia hidden behind a mysterious golden gate is a collection of various visions proposed by single architects: all called to debate about the state of art of Italian architecture. Eventually too political, too rhetoric, too performative, too artistic, too visual and perhaps not enough architectural, Monditalia must be understood. And to understand it one will need time. Advertisement for the visitors: one day raid tour at Arsenale probably won’t be enough to metabolize Koolhaas’s vision and therefore to comprehend his message.
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