Venice Architecture Biennale British Pavilion 2012, Villa Frankenstein, Exhibit, Images, Design
Venice Biennale British Pavilion : Architecture Information
Venice Biennale British Pavilion 2010 - Villa Frankenstein
28 + 27 Aug 2012
British Pavilion Venice BiennaleBRITAIN PLAYS LEADING ROLE IN WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT ARCHITECTURE EVENT
BRITISH PAVILION INAUGURATED BY TONY HALL
Leading British architects gathered in Venice for the official inauguration today (Monday 27 August) of the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale ahead of its opening to the public from 29 August – 25 November 2012.
Lord Hall, Chair of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, officially inaugurated the British Pavilion in the presence of leading figures from the fields of architecture, design and the wider cultural community, gathered in Venice for the Biennale.
Venice Biennale British Pavilion in 2010:
photos © Adrian Welch
The Venice Architecture Biennale is the biggest and most prestigious architectural gathering in the world. Each participating country holds an exhibition in its national pavilion in the famous Biennale Giardini, alongside a major exhibition spread across the spectacular Biennale sites in the Arsenale, The Corderia and the Giardini, which this year is curated by the internationally acclaimed British architect, David Chipperfield.
Scott Sutherland Students Exhibit at the Venice Biennale - Ross Anderson and Anna Gibb, amongst contributors such as Lord Foster:
photos from Alan Dunlop
The British Pavilion, presented by the British Council, features Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture. Co-curated by Vicky Richardson, Commissioner of the British Pavilion and Director of Architecture, Art and Design at the British Council, and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association, the exhibition, designed by Born Design, focuses on a group of exciting architectural talents, selected in open competition across the UK. The British Pavilion is infused with fresh ideas, taking direct inspiration from research in ten countries across the world: Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA.
The featured projects in the British Pavilion are by:
Smout Allen and BLDGBLOG
Ross Anderson and Anna Gibb
Forum for Alternative Belfast
Public works, Urban Projects Bureau and Owen Pritchard
Liam Ross and Tolulope Onabolu
Takero Shimazaki/Toh Shimazaki Architecture
Vicky Richardson, Commissioner of the British Pavilion and Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, said: “This is an exciting moment in British architecture, in which the British Council is playing its part to bring ideas from our leading architects and designers to the international stage, extending the dialogue about architecture across nations.”
Lord Hall, Chair of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said: “The British Council plays a vital role in ensuring the legacy of creative thinking in the UK is spread round the world. Architecture is one of our great creative industries. I am proud to be able to be in Venice for this important occasion and to officially inaugurate the British Pavilion.”
Scott Sutherland Students Exhibit at the Venice Biennale - Ross Anderson and Anna Gibb:
photos from Alan Dunlop
Among those attending the opening were: Sir David Chipperfield, Dame Zaha Hadid, Lord Norman Foster, Sir Nicholas Serota, Julia Peyton Jones list to be added to on Monday.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of online publications, with information and images available at www.venicetakeaway.com.
17 + 11 Aug 2012
Venice Biennale British PavilionBRITISH PAVILION AT THE 13th INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION, VENICE
BRITISH PAVILION SHOW IN VENICE WILL TRANSFER TO LONDON
London, August 2012 - Venice Takeaway : Ideas to Change British Architecture, presented by the British Council, will go on show in London at the RIBA Gallery from 25 February - 27 April 2013. The London showing will follow its opening in the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, from 29 August to 25 November 2012.
This will be the first time that the exhibition in the British Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale has transferred to London.
Venice Takeaway, curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association, aims not simply to showcase talent from the UK, but to provoke a debate about the path that British architecture has taken during a time of flux. The ten research proposals in the exhibition are all fuelled by the desire for the architect’s role to be strengthened and for the profession to play a more proactive role in the future cultural and economic shape of Britain.
The exhibition will be staged in a specially designed installation created by graphic and 3d designers, Born Design.
The featured projects are:
aberrant architecture, who travelled to Rio de Janeiro to investigate CIEPs, a radical education programme and a series of prefabricated primary schools designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
The Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro:
photo : aberrant architecture
Smout Allen and BLDGBLOG, whose research focused on the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, an institution dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge about land use.
Ross Anderson and Anna Gibb, who went to Moscow to investigate the ‘Paper Architects’, a loose collective formed in the 1980s in response to state restrictions on their ability to build.
Ross Anderson and Anna Gibb:
photo : Valerie Bennett
Moscow, drawing by Gibb, 2012:
image : Anna Gibb
Darryl Chen, who looked at parallels between the UK and China via a study of a pocket of informality, Caochangdi, a village on Beijing’s Fifth Road.
dRMM who studied IJburg, a floating community that has thrived under an advanced culture of planning, procurement and design, to the east of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
photo : Valerie Bennett
Swan swimming amongst waterhouses, IJburg, Waterbuurt West, Amsterdam:
photo : dRMM
Forum for Alternative Belfast who went to Berlin to investigate the International Bauausstellung 1987 (IBA 1987), an ambitious and visionary urban renewal project involving international architects.
public works, Urban Projects Bureau and Owen Pritchard who formed a team to develop an ongoing discussion on the role and image of the architect through a new open charter.
Elias Redstone who investigated Fideicomiso in Argentina, a legal trust which enables architects to fund their own projects.
Liam Ross and Tolulope Onabolu, who travelled to Lagos to embark on a comparative study of risk and regulation and their impact on design.
Takero Shimazaki / Toh Shimazaki Architecture whose investigation focuses on the work of Itsuko Hasegawa in several locations around Japan, and explores the way her architecture combines a belief in people with abstraction.
photo : Valerie Bennett
Rooftop garden, Shonandai Cultural Centre:
photo : Toh Shimazaki Architecture
Reflecting the theme of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale ‘Common Ground’ set by Director David Chipperfield, Venice Takeaway aims to demonstrate the potential of sharing ideas across borders; and find new ways to respond to the challenges of the relationships, policies and structures that surround architecture. More information is available online at www.venicetakeaway.com
The catalogue Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture brings together the research of ten architectural teams exhibiting in the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Charting a course that takes in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA, the catalogue presents images and essays by the teams who travelled the world to seek imaginative responses to universal issues and explore the common ground of architecture. In addition, the book features texts by Patrik Schumacher, the show’s curators Vanessa Norwood and Vicky Richardson and a foreword by Brett Steele. Published by the Architectural Association, it is available to buy online at www.aaschool.ac.uk/publications
Venice Biennale British Pavilion in 2010:
photos © Adrian Welch
The British Council’s Architecture, Design, Fashion team works with the best of British creative talent to develop innovative events and collaborations that link designers and cultural institutions around the world. The British Council’s commitment to the Venice Architecture Biennale illustrates the powerful contribution that the creative industries make to cultural relations. The British Council is responsible for the British Pavilion in Venice; showing British artists at the longest-running, most prestigious international art Biennial in the world: the Venice Biennale of Art. From 1991 the British Pavilion has also been home to architecture exhibitions in the alternate years to the art Biennale. For more information visit http://backoftheenvelope.britishcouncil.org
26 Aug 2010
Venice Biennale British PavilionBRITISH PAVILION OPENS AT THE 12th INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION, VENICE
The British Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, commissioned by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion at the British Council – the UK’s leading educational and cultural relations organisation – and under the direction of muf architecture/art Llp, opens to the public on Sunday 29 August 2010.
pictures from organisers
The Pavilion is ironically reframed Villa Frankenstein, making direct reference to the ideas of the British Victorian social critic and historian of Venetian architecture John Ruskin. It has been conceived by muf as a stage for an exchange of ideas between Venice and the UK. The centrepiece of the Pavilion, represented as a ‘Stadium of Close Looking’, will be a 1/10 scale model of a section of the Olympic Stadium for London 2012, reinterpreted by muf with atelier one engineers, and built by Venetian carpenters Spazio Legno. This hybrid structure will act as a platform for drawing, discussion and scientific enquiry. Following its use at the Pavilion, it will be reconstructed on another site in Venice as a lasting legacy of the project.
The ‘Made in Venice’ theme is continued through a series of separate installations in the Pavilion including a 15 square metre ecologically functioning slice of salt marsh showing a close-up view of the native floral and fauna of the Venice Lagoon. Other exhibits include a new project by Wolfgang Scheppe drawing on both Ruskin’s original notebooks and a series of historical photographs of Venice taken by local residents, Alvio and Gabriella Gavagnin. Seven of Ruskin’s Venetian Notebooks (1849-50) are being lent by the Ruskin Foundation from the Ruskin Library at Lancaster University, and there will be inter-active electronic access to his research in Venice.
Debates, workshops, drawing classes and scientific discussions will take place during the three months of the Biennale, which will lead to a catalogue, edited by Adrian Dannatt, to be published in three chapters across the period of the Biennale, acting as a further creative platform to inform thinking for London as it moves towards 2012.
pictures from the organisers
Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion at the British Council, said: “Villa Frankenstein shifts our perception of Venice as a historic backdrop to the Biennale, to one of a dynamic participant. muf has introduced many new collaborators to the British Pavilion including the schools of Venice, the scientific community, community activists, historians and artists. By emphasising the importance of close looking and observation, which takes many different forms, muf demonstrates an alternative approach to architecture based on understanding what we already have.”
Liza Fior, co-Founder of muf architecture/art Llp, said: “Even before John Ruskin and The Stones of Venice, the British have been preoccupied with Venice and in different ways have taken the city home. Villa Frankenstein attempts to breach the Giardini fence by bringing Venice and some of its preoccupations inside the Pavilion as a series of diverse collaborations.”
muf was established in London in 1995. The practice has an international reputation for its site-specific research driven public projects, which negotiate between the built and social fabric; between public and private spaces. Current projects are predominantly focused in East London around the approaches and margins of the Olympic site, but not exclusively so. Projects range from urban design schemes to temporary interventions, landscapes and buildings. Awards for muf projects include the 2008 European Prize for Public Space (the first UK winner) for a new Barking town square, East London. Publications include This is What We Do: a muf manual. The partners are visiting professors at Yale, where their last studio explored alternative legacies for London’s Olympic site.
pictures from the organisers
Venice Architecture Biennale British Pavilion - invited collaborators
- Lorenzo Bonometto, President of the Società Veneziana di Scienze Naturali
- Lottie Child, artist
- Jane da Mosto, environmental scientist, advisor to Venice in Peril
- Professor Robert Hewison, cultural historian, author of Ruskin on Venice: “The Paradise of Cities”
- ReBiennale, Venice based international collective
- Wolfgang Scheppe, artist-philosopher
- Dr Tom Spencer, Director of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit and Senior Lecturer in Geography, Cambridge University
- Professor Stephen Wildman, Director of The Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster University
Venice Biennale - Exhibitions, Designs, Images
photo : Neale Smith Photography
The British Pavilion at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale
Giardini della Biennale, Venice
29 Aug - 21 Nov 2010
The British Council’s commitment to the Architecture Biennale is illustrative of how the UK’s creative industries contribute powerfully to the development of cultural relations worldwide. The British Council is responsible for the British Pavilion in Venice, showing British artists at the longest-running, most prestigious international art Biennial in the world: the Venice Biennale of Art. From 1991 the British Pavilion has also been home to architecture exhibitions in the alternate years to the art Biennale.
The British Council works with an advisory panel of leading architecture professionals across the UK which assists with the selection for the Venice Biennale every two years.
Venice Biennale Advisory Panel, 2010 Members
- Christopher Egret, Director, Studio Egret West
- Kathryn Findlay, Director, Ushida Findlay Architects
- Pedro Gadanho, Professor at Faculty of Architecture, the University of Porto
- Michael Hegarty, Director, PLACE
- Sarah Ichioka, Director, The Architecture Foundation (and Chair of the panel)
- Kieran Long, Architecture critic, Evening Standard
- Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts, British Council
Venice Architecture Biennale Croatian Pavilion
picture : Zelimir Grzancic
Venice Architecture Biennale Danish Pavilion
picture : Ty Stange
Venice Architecture Biennale Irish Pavilion
photo / courtesy : Alice Casey/Cian Deegan
Venice Architecture Biennale OMA Installation
image courtesy OMA
Venice Biennale Strelka Event
Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, Exhibit
Beyond Entropy - AA architecture event at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di san Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy 27 Aug
image from architect
Venice Biennale exhibition 2007 : Dune Formations installation, Scuola dei Mercanti
image from ZHA
Venice Biennale 2008
photo : David Grandorge
Venice Biennale landscape installation : Gustafson Porter
Venice Biennale Brick Wall : various designers
Venice Biennale Installation : Dune Formations images by Zaha Hadid
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