#floornaturelive in Venice – 14th International Architecture Exhibition between Arsenale and Giardini

Alvaro Siza, Daniel Libeskind,

Gianluca Giordano,

Venice, Italy, Hong Kong,

Pavilions, Sport & Wellness,


#floornaturelive has united some impressions we collected at the 14°International Architecture Exhibition between Arsenale and Giardini, exploring the themes of the Biennale directed by Rem Koolhaas.

#floornaturelive in Venice – 14th International Architecture Exhibition between Arsenale and Giardini

#floornaturelive has returned to the Arsenale to have a further look on the national participations dealing with the question of how “Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014”.
For “Fundamentally Hong Kong”, in front of the main entrance of the Arsenale, the curatorial team has developed a cross-disciplinary approach combining film and architecture to present the development of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region in the last 30 years.
Monolith Controversies”, the Chilean theme, is a research on residential buildings, donated by the former URSS to Chile as a help to the country's way to socialism: an invitation to reflect upon the deep political and ideological struggles of the past.
Argentina deals in “Ideal/Real” with the contrast between “ideal” and “real”, a tension helping to absorb modernity. “Mountains beyond the Mountains”, the Chinese participation, completes its exhibition talking about the way you can bring tradition into modernity with an outside installation in the “Giardini della Vergine”.

The work of Alvaro Siza for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition as an architectural sculpture is our link to the national pavilions in Giardini della Biennale. Here just a little glance with some images: the Nordic Pavilion, the Korean Pavilion and “Padiglione Venezia”, this year curated by Daniel Libeskind with the installation “Sonnets in Babylon”. Not only some 100 unpublished drawings but a cooperation with the students from IUAV, trying to build a better interaction with the city of Venice.

(Christiane Bürklein)

14. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura - Fundamentals
direttore Rem Koolhaas
dates: 7 June - 23 november 2014
location: Venezia (Italia)

Images: © Gianluca Giordano

Mentioned national participations – Arsenale
Fundamentally Hong Kong
Monolith Controversies – Chile
Ideal/Real – Argentina
Mountains beyond the Mountains - China

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