One contains a replica of the Amsterdam Hilton’s John & Yoko hotel room, while another investigates the architecture of a 17th-century Dutch slave fort on the African coast. Rotterdam-based architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier, the curator of the pavilion, presents an exploration of how robots and AI might affect the relationship between labour and leisure – or, from another point of view, between efficiency and intimacy.
Photos Martin Mischkulnig
LAAC, Henke Schreieck and Sagmeister & Walsh design and curate the Austrian pavilion Thoughts Form Matter in three parts.
‘Not subject to any functional or economic constraints’, the pavilion comprises a six-metre-high solid oak structure flanked by paper curtains and a mirrored floor, as well as a multisensorial movie by Sagmeister & Walsh. Described by its curators as nothing less than ‘an ode to spatial beauty’, Thoughts Form Matter challenges the limits of interior and exterior, function and aesthetics.
Photos Hélène Binet
The British pavilion incited great controversy, as Caruso St John Architects and artist Marcus Taylor leave the pavilion entirely empty of function – other than as a place of reflection. More interested in creating a literal and figurative ‘platform’ than a design, the designers present an immense roof terrace accessible by the scaffolding that supports the structure and encases the building.
Self-referentially named Island, the provocative pavilion provides a view of the Biennale grounds and is the intended venue for discussions on the theme of free space.
Alice in Architecture
Photos Wilson Wootton
Last but certainly not least is the Swiss pavilion House Tour, awarded the Golden Lion for Best Pavilion by the organization behind the Architecture Biennale. A distorted reinterpretation of a standard rental apartment, the team of curators Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg, Ani Vihervaara and Alessandro Bosshard transports visitors to Alice’s Wonderland.