The 16th International Architecture Exhibition, titled FREESPACE, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta was concluded in November at the Giardini and the Arsenale in Venice, Italy. The exhibition invited 71 Architects to the event, two special sections - Close Encounter, meetings with remarkable projects (16 participants) & The Practice of Teaching (13 participants), 63 National Participations, two Special Projects: Applied Arts Pavilion, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London & Forte Marghera Special Project in Mestre as well as 12 Collateral Events.
The curator’s focus through this exhibition was to celebrate the shared culture of architecture, demonstrating how inventive, comforting, exhilarating, modest, heroic architecture can be; how architecture serves the needs of human beings with dignity and respect; be it the need for shelter, for water, for protection from flooding and how materials can be transformed into beautiful uplifting spaces.
Surfaces Reporter is glad to present the 10 most impressive installations from the recently concluded Biennale. Have a look:
Recasting By Alison Brooks
Alison Brooks created a large-scale, highly experiential installation. Called ‘recasting’, the work addresses the subject of housing and urban dwelling, specifically with a focus on the practice’s related work. The project features a beautiful amalgamation of Plywood and mirrors.
Notion of Motion by Matharoo Associates
This striking metal formation is a rework of a steel house finished by Matharoo Associates in New Delhi. The aim behind this structure is to allow small spaces to be perceived as being bigger than they actually are. The mirrored surfaces of this imposing structure created the illusion of a larger space.
Oxymoron by Saurbruch Hutton
German architect- Saurbruch Hutton created Oxymoron- a vibrant installation that displays the architectural themes of the colourful M9 Museum District in Venice Mestre. It is a small space covered by a timber framework positioned in the middle of the monumental structure of the Corderie. The people were allowed inside to sit and take in a series of large black and white photographs.
'Dreams & Promises' Models By Atelier Peter Zumthor
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor’s some "never-before-seen" working models were showcased at the centre of Giardini in Venice Architecture Biennale.
The exhibition displayed a series of his well-known working projects built in different parts of the world, including the Zinc Mine Museum, erected on black-winged stilts at Norwegian old mining region, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and many more.
Elevation By Andra Matin
Explores the elevational diversity in Indonesia’s Vernacular Architecture. It has been awarded one of the two special mentions by the Jury for being a sensitive installation that provides a framework to reflect on the material and form of traditional vernacular structures.
Field by Aires Mateus
Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus with their students showcased an unusual installation, which embeds in it the love of the materiality and physicality of architecture. It gives a sense of poetic purity and presentence. Inside it, you may experience a distinctive smell because of the greenery.
Weaving Architecture By Benedetta Tagliabue
Demonstrates how weaving can harmonise public spaces. It deals with the concept of weaving at different scales, including weaving a canopy structure with fibre fabrics, weaving the city through its metro and weaving activities of people in the public area. The project uses American Red Wood and Fibre Glass threads as fabric.
Arcus Center for social justice leadership By Jeanne Gang
In the Arcus Center, Jeanne explores the life cycle of the wood and the belief expressed by the architects that wood has the remarkable ability to connect people and architecture across cultures and time through its ‘elemental resonance.’
Zoí by Kere Architecture
Zoi is a very minimal, free space that is designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré for Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport as a comforting shelter where the Berliners and Refugees can interact with one another. The leisure and sports in this structure encourage the encounter between them.
Liquid Light by Flores & Prats
An architecture studio based in Barcelona, Flores & Prats has endeavoured to create a hole in the roof of the of the existing semi-ruined Sala Beckett theatre revealed a chance to allow a beam of sunlight- ‘Liquid Light’- to enter the interior. A bench is also placed inside to let visitors sit and take pleasure in the light as it changes across the day.