Free Space: rediscover the definitions through architecture

FREESPACE, the main theme of Biennale Architettura 2018 brings the examinations, proposals, and elements of work that exemplifies essential qualities of architecture to the eyes of public. 

The desire to create FREESPACE can become the specific individual characteristic of each project.

But space, free space, public space can also reveal the presence or absence of architecture if we understand architecture to be “thinking applied to space where we live, that we inhabit.
— President Baratta
 Belgium Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Belgium Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

The 16th International Architecture is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and organized by La Biennale di Venezia. We have joined the preview on 25th May and captured the impressive expositions, as follow.

 

Svizzera 240 - House Tour | SWITZERLAND

Locate in Giardini, Switzerland presents Svizzera 240, the space that represents the unfurnished image by constructing its theatrical analog called the house tour. 

 Swiss Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

Swiss Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

 Swiss Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

Swiss Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

On this tour, we will walk through various scales, construction, and function challenge to the tradition perceptions. We got through an architectural sensibility and adjusted our gesture and behavior with curiosity.

 Swiss Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Swiss Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Switzerland got the Golden Lion for Best National Participation for a compelling architectural installation that is at once enjoyable while tackling the critical issues of scale in domestic space.

Commissioners: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia: Marianne Burki, Sandi Paucic, Rachele Giudici Legittimo
Exhibitors: Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg, Ani Vihervaaraa
 

Another Generosity | NORDIC COUNTRIES (FINLAND,NORWAY,SWEDEN)

 

Another Generosity presents the idea that architecture should be considered a tool for redefining the complete cycle of building, from its most essential components to its operating systems. 

 Another Generosity. Nordic Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Another Generosity. Nordic Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Another Generosity investigates the relationship between nature and the built environment, and how architecture can facilitate the creation of a world that supports the symbiotic coexistence of both. Visitors can explore this spatial experience and adopt an awareness of our surroundings. 

Commissioner: Reetta Heiskanen, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Curators: Juulia Kauste, Eero Lundén
Exhibitors: Lundén Architecture Company
 

Conditions | Dorte Mandrup A/S

 Conditions. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Conditions. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Dorte Mandrup A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark) | Dorte Mandrup; Frants Nielsen
 

Unbuilding Walls | GERMANY

Germany manifests "Unbuilding Walls" based on its unique political history. We are looking at Berlin Wall existence. We can explore the pavilion as an opportunity to reflect the developments in the previous border since the fall of the Wall. Therefore, FREESPACE in this context is an Unbuilding Walls, representing outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that speaks of division and integration

 Unbuilding Wall. German Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Unbuilding Wall. German Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Commissioner: Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.
Curator: Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit
 

Liberty Bridge – New Urban Horizons | HUNGARY (Left)

Liberty Bridge offers an appetite experience to the bridge in Budapest which became a traffic-free space for a few months in 2016. We as visitors can explore along the pavilion and liberating experience of new perspectives in occupying public free space.

Commissioner: Julia Fabényi | Curators: Kultúrgorilla | Exhibitors: Studio Nomad
 Hungary Pavilion. Biennale of Arch 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

Hungary Pavilion. Biennale of Arch 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

 Korea Pavilion. Biennale of Arch 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

Korea Pavilion. Biennale of Arch 2018. ©FUTURECRAFTER

Spectres of the State Avant-garde by KOREA (right)

Another political approach architectural exposition that explores the complicated relationship between architecture and the state. As a result of new generations of Korean architects facing the age of military dictatorship. The exhibition shows us about their imaginative bravery and advancing their perfect utopian.

Commissioner: Arts Council Korea | Curator: Seongtae Park
Exhibitors: Sung-woo Kim (N.E.E.D Architecture), Jinhong Jeon, Yunhee Choi (BARE), Hyun-Suk Seo, Hyun Seok Kang, Gunho Kim (SGHS), Choon Choi, Kyoungtae Kim (EH), Jidon Jung
 

Central Pavilion: Dreams and promises | ATELIER PETER ZUMTHOR

Locates in the Central Pavilion of Giardini, Zumthor sets out a workshop of his models for us to exploring his from thoughts and memories to reality.

the thought process is not abstract, but works with spatial images. It has sensuous components.
 Dreams and promises. Perter Zumtor. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Dreams and promises. Perter Zumtor. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

 

Vértigo Horizontal | ARGENTINA

This is our personal favorite pavilion due to the visual contrast and complexity between perspective. The Horizontal Vertigo represents the cross between geographical spaces, places, and architecture. The works reflect on a horizontally open mirror construction to present FREESPACE.

 Vértigo Horizontal. Argentina Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Vértigo Horizontal. Argentina Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Commissioner: Direttore Generale delle Attivività Culturali - Ambasciatore Sergio Baur
Curators/Exhibitors: Javier Mendiondo, Pablo Anzilutti, Franciso Garrido, Federico Cairoli
 

Eurotopie | BELGIUM

Eurotopie ideating under the hypothesis that offering a public agora, could stimulate political commitment in European citizens, as well as extend an invitation to pursue the construction of Europe as a political ideal.

 Eurotopie. Belgium Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Eurotopie. Belgium Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

The spatial hints and urban (or architectural) traces, its guidebook, Voyage en Eurotopie, offers a glimpse of what Europe and Brussels might be and how space-makers could learn from the supranational city. We can actually investigate this thought in the blue sanctional area.

Commissioner: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles | Curators: Traumnovelle & Roxane Le Grelle
Exhibitors: Traumnovelle & Roxane Le Grelle in collaboration with Bruce Bégout, Philippe Braquenier, Sébastien Lacomblez, Dennis Pohl, Claire Trottignon & 6’56” (Jurgen Maelfeyt)
 

Lifescapes Beyond Bigness | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 Lifescapes Beyond Bigness. Arab Emirates Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Lifescapes Beyond Bigness. Arab Emirates Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Lifescapes Beyond Bigness speaks the physicality of architecture and places, including the dynamic choreography in everyday life, exploring human-scale architectural landscapes. 

Commissioner: Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation | Curator: Khaled Alawad
 

Architectural Ethnography | JAPAN

Architectural Ethnography presents architectural drawings as the traditional tool to conceptualize, organize, and build space, considering them as an ideal instrument to document, discuss, and evaluate architecture. 

 Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

The exhibition proposes ‘architectural ethnography’ as a new methodology of social engagement that we can investigate through the lens of the various participants.

 Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

 Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. ©FUTURECRAFTER

Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. ©FUTURECRAFTER

 Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Architectural Ethnography. Japan Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Commissioner: The Japan Foundation | Curators: Momoyo Kaijima with Laurent Stalder and Yu Iseki
 

Big U: Humanhattan 2050 | BIG-BJARKE INGELS GROUP

The ongoing project of BIG, in collaboration with New York City, Big U: Humanhattan 2050 consider the earth as their clients. The exhibition displays the development of the 16km architectural development of the lower area in Manhattan. Gathering the voice of people and transform to the solutions of the real needs, aim to create the proper dam as a public space for the future living.  

 Big U: Humanhattan 2050. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Big U: Humanhattan 2050. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

 

Work, Body, Leisure | THE NETHERLANDS

The Dutch pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions, seeking to encourage creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to technologies of automation.

 The Dutch Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

The Dutch Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Commissioner: Het Nieuwe Instituut Curator: Marina Otero Verzier
 

The exhibition will last until November 25th, 2018, at the Giardini and the Arsenale of Venice, Italy. You can buy the ticket in advance (recommended)  here.

 The Dutch Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

The Dutch Pavilion. Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

 Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

 Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER

Biennale of Architecture 2018. Image ©FUTURECRAFTER


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