Venice Biennale Dutch Pavilion – Netherlands

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Venice Biennale 2010 Dutch Pavilion : Architecture

Netherlands Architectural Exhibition

2 Sep 2010

Venice Biennale Dutch Pavilion

Dutch Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

Ronald Rietveld (Rietveld landscape), curator of Vacant NL
Ronald Rietveld
photograph : Leo van Velzen

Vacant NL, Where architecture meets ideas

Thousands of buildings in the Netherlands lie vacant. Some of them for a week or a few months, many even for years. During the twelfth Venice Architecture Biennale, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and Rietveld Landscape will highlight the huge potential of all that temporarily unoccupied space in making the Netherlands one of the top-five knowledge economies in the world. The exhibition Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas is a call for the intelligent reuse of temporarily vacant buildings around the world in promoting creative enterprise. The Venice Architecture Biennale takes place from 29 August 29 to 21 November 2010.

Ole Bouman, director of the NAI
Ole Bouman
photograph : Hélène van Domburg

Built in 1954, the Dutch Pavilion on the biennale grounds in Venice has been empty for over 39 years. After all, it is in use for just three months each year. That makes it one of the thousands of unoccupied government buildings on Dutch soil.

Rietveld Landscape, the office appointed by the NAI to curate the Dutch presentation in Venice, decided to emphasize the vacancy of the pavilion during the architecture biennale. The experience of the empty space will sink into visitors, and only then will they discover the hidden installation.

Dutch Atlas of Vacancy. Design: Joost Grootens
Dutch Atlas of Vacancy Dutch Atlas of Vacancy Venice Biennale
photographs : Peter Cox

Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas is not only an appeal to creative talents to exploit the value hidden in society but also unsolicited advice to countries who want to advance up the table of global knowledge economies but don’t know where they can find the hidden strengths. The transition to a creative knowledge economy demands specific spatial conditions. Offering young talents from the creative, technology and science sectors an affordable place where they can share their knowledge, creativity and networks is a way of promoting mutual influences, enterprise and innovation. Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas shows how architecture can contribute to tackling major social problems. The exhibition is therefore fully in line with the NAI innovation agenda called Architecture of Consequence.

Netherlands pavilion in Venice
Venice Architecture Biennale Netherlands Pavilion
photograph : Jan Versnel / MAI

Netherlands Pavilion Venice – Project Team

Curator Rietveld Landscape worked with a multidisciplinary team on the exhibition design. The team consists of Jurgen Bey (designer), Joost Grootens (graphic designer), Ronald Rietveld (landscape architect), Erik Rietveld (philosopher/economist), Saskia van Stein (NAI curator), Barbara Visser (visual artist).

Vacant NL
Venice Architecture Biennale Dutch Pavilion Venice Architecture Biennale Netherlands Pavilion
photographs : Rob ‘t Hart

Twelfth edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale

This year the artistic direction of the Venice Architecture Biennale is in the hands of the Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA). The overarching theme is People meet in architecture, in which Sejima raises the question of the quality of architecture in relation to society.

Dutch Pavilion – photographs by Adrian Welch
Venice Biennale Dutch Pavilion Venice Dutch Pavilion Dutch Pavilion Venice Biennale
photos © Adrian Welch

Dutch Pavilion Venice Netherlands Pavilion Venice
photos © Adrian Welch

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