Monday, June 25, 2018

Venice - Giardini: Central Pavilion - 16th International Architecture Biennale - Freespace

Giardini – Padiglione Centrale
16th International Architecture Biennale
 free space inside and 
the free space outside: architecture mediates between the two.”
Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara
At the Giardini in the Padiglione Centrale, and at the Arsenale, the 16th International Architecture Biennale 2018, with the title Freespace is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, until November 25. 71 architects from all over the world respond to the curators Manifesto, in order to reveal - to lay bare - the Freespace ingredient embedded in their work. The loose way of moving through the Padiglione Centrale reflects the fact that time is not linear within the tradition of architecture. Unexpected adjacencies connect the archaic with the contemporary a theme embodied in the Freespace Manifesto. Works by architects of previous generations are represented here by living architects in order to highlight their critical relevance today. Works by contemporary practitioners show how they interpret and draw strength from the work of others. A number of participants share their imagined or built propositions for an optimistic future. In these rooms architects from around the world show work, which connects time, place and culture.

“We are interested collectively in the possibility of using design to make the day-to-day richer, more joyful and more various, to enable the city to accommodate a wider variety of needs and ways of living, to be more malleable and support different needs and meanings.”
Assemble – London – U.K.
The Factory Floor -
with Granby Workshop
Jane Issler, Hall, Mathew Leung, Alice Edgerley, Adam Willis, Fran Edgerley, Amica Dall, Giles Smith, James Binning, Paloma Strelitz, Lewis Jones, Joseph Halligan, Louis Schulz, Maria Lisogorskaya, Karim Khelil and Anthony Engi Meacock.

Close Encounter – Architecture Revisited
Taka Architects
- Dublin – Ireland
Rogelio Salmona  
Centro Comunal y Recreativo Nueva Santa Fe Rogelio Salmona


“A building is not a product, it’s a place for people, for living, for society, for ‘leisuring’.”
Odile Decq
from an interview on - 2018
Studio Odile Decq – Paris – France
Phantom’s Phantom

“Thinking about daylight and artificial light I have to admit that daylight, the light on things, is so moving to me that I feel almost a spiritual quality. When the sun comes up in the morning – which I always and so marvelous, absolutely fantastic the way it comes back every morning – and casts its light on things, it doesn’t feel as if it quite belongs in this world.”
Peter Zumthor
from - 2012
Atelier Peter Zumthor – Haldenstein - Switzerland
Dreams and Promises – Models of Atelier Peter Zumthor

 “Professional architects, urbanists and designers will need to move beyond good intentions and develop concrete approaches to the challenges of cities today.”
Kieran Long
Kieran Long, Johan Orn, James Taylor-Foster with ArkDes
Stockholm – Sweden


Kieran Long, James Taylor-Foster and Johan Orn

Mikael Olsson - Ressurection Chapel
Woodland Cemetery - Stockholm – 2017

Freespace in Place
Four Unrealized Modern Architectural Designs for Venice

Lloyd Wright
Masieri Memorial Foundation – Venice – Italy – 1953

Freespace in Place
Four Unrealized Modern Architectural Designs for Venice

Louis I. Khan
Palazzo dei Congressi – Venice – Italy – 1968-73

Freespace in Place
Four Unrealized Modern Architectural Designs for Venice

Isamu Noguchi
Park at Jesolo – Italy 1970-76

Freespace in Place
Four Unrealized Modern Architectural Designs for Venice

Le Corbusier
Venice Hospital – Venice – Italy – 1963-65


“I hate the term “socially conscious”, somehow it implies that all of the other work that you’re doing is not. I do think you can describe the work as “socially motivated”.”
Michael Maltzan
Michael Maltzan Architecture Los Angeles – U.S.A.
Star Apartments

“I would like the architecture professionals to show they are not self-absorbed. I want them to show how important participation is to architecture.”
David Chipperfield
from an interview on «the BAG-Biennale Architecture Guide – 2012
 David Chipperfield Architects - G.B. Germany Italy
People’s Republic of China
Beyond Purpose 
The Museum Island – Berlin

Karl Friedrich Schinkel – Altes Museum – Berlin – 1829

 “In our work we try to avoid giving the impression of a “corporate identity”.
For us, architecture is still about everyday life.”
Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu – Ghent – Belgium
Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu

Silver Lion to a promising young participant in the 16th Architecture Biennale Exhibition Freespace
Unless Ever People - Caritas For Freespace

Wood has a certain sensuousness that is comparable to that of rough concrete. And rough concrete picks up the wood imprint, which is used for the shuttering. We like to use both materials in conjunction with each other because of this relationship.”
Burkhalter Sumi Architekten
Burkhalter Sumi Architekten
– Zurich - Switzerland
Marianne Burkhalter, Christian Sumi
with Konrad Wachsmann The Grapevine Structure

All quotes courtesy - the BAG-Biennale Architettura Guide


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