A house is made of brick + beams
The Architectural Biennale in Venice, curated by Rem Koolhaas, looks at the fundamentals of building. Elements that have been around for over 5000 years, ‘mute matters’ become ‘collectors of information’ today, with a degree of digital consciousness. In the main hall of the Giardini these architectural fundamentals are neatly organized and beautifully exposed as a walk-in, real-life history book under the art-direction of Irma Boom (top left).
A home is made of love + dreams
In the Danish Pavilion, by Stig L. Andersson, matter is all but mute. A room with bark panels displays a love for living organic materials while creating a sensuous atmosphere (top right). An airy bamboo hut, by Anssi Lassila, at the Finnish Pavilion, made in China from local materials, connects us directly with the infinite above (botton left). The Glass Tea House Mondrian Pavilion by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto consisting of stone, wood, glass and water create a space where nature is leading (bottom right). Indoor becomes outdoor and outdoor becomes indoor. The fundamentals of architecture at the Indonesia Pavilion are timber, stone, brick, steel, concrete and bamboo that through the hands of skilled craftsman, conscious about materials, change shape.
From conscious materials to material consciousness the Architecture Biennale in Venice wakes you up!
See also ‘Vanity Free’ my 2014 Venice photo essay including exhibited art at the Palazzo Fortuny, Grassi and Franchetti.