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Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

Direct from Venice, Lucy Bullivant reports on the major talking points at this year’s Architecture Biennale.



BY jesse

September 8th, 2010


Kazuko Seijima, partner in SANAA (with Ryue Nishizawa) has focused on the experiential aspects of architecture in her selection for the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale.

The extensive expanses of the Arsenale and Corderie, and rooms of the International Pavilion include artists as well as architects.

Smiljan Radic and Marcela Correa’s The Boy Hidden in a Fish, a simple, elemental refuge in granite, is followed by Wim Wenders’ ‘If Buildings could Talk’, a 3D film about SANAA’s new Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Smiljan Radic + Marcela Correa El Niño Escondido En Un Pez / The Boy Hidden In A Fish, 2010

Smiljan Radic + Marcela Correa El Niño Escondido En Un Pez / The Boy Hidden In A Fish, 2010

Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Wim Wenders Now Interviews, 2010 Corderie, Arsenale

Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Wim Wenders Now Interviews, 2010 Corderie, Arsenale

Anton Garcia-Abril/Ensemble Studio’s Balancing Act, a contrapuntal structure laid out across the long enfilade of the Arsenale is a fitting counterpoint to Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo’s Cloudscapes, a spiralling jetty of a form enveloped by clouds.

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Anton Garcia-Abril Ensamble Studio Balancing Act, 2010

Next to the International Pavilion in the Giardini is Raumlabor’s Space Buster, an inflatable plastic structure, another sign of Sejima’s love of the ethereal.

Raumlabor, Küchenmonument, 2006

 

Raumlabor, Küchenmonument, 2006

 

Raumlabor, Küchenmonument, 2006

Raumlabor, Küchenmonument, 2006

Engrossing displays by Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992), OMA on urban preservation, and by Aldo Cibic and Andrea Branzi, both concerned with urban solutions, Cibic’s of the agro-techno variety appear in the Pavilion, while standout national pavilions (among a total of 56) include Australia’s 3D stereoscopic films of landscapes, ‘Now and When’; Great Britain’s Villa Frankenstein, linking London and Venice past and present and Factory Russia.

Reclaim, three simple, full size fishermen’s huts from Bahrain, a new exhibitor which won the Golden Lion for Best National Pavilion, for its refreshing defence against excessive coastal development, was indicative of the upbeat mood of this year’s Biennale.

Photography by Giorgio Zucchiatti

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Transsolar + Tetsuo Kondo Cloudscapes, 2010

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Transsolar + Tetsuo Kondo Cloudscapes, 2010

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