This year at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, KAAN Architecten will present a Collateral Event featuring PLANTA – a partially subterranean space that will be dedicated to multidisciplinary artistic production and built within the confines of the “La Plana del Corb” quarry in Balaguer (Lleida, Spain) by 2016. Designed for Grupo and Fundació Sorigué, PLANTA is not only a building, but a concept; a concept in which is the “culmination of the desire to give back, to return through a balanced tension between art, institution, knowledge, ecology and manufacturing.”
Fostering company activities of excavation, research, technical development and agricultural production, PLANTA will serve as a “crossroads of and for ideas” in which provides a “fixed point of reference amid the flux of an ever changing literal and abstract landscape.”
“PLANTA will follow the contours of the hills that define the boundary between the higher excavation plateau and the agricultural landscape,” described KAAN. “The platform is a datum in the ever-changing landscape, and houses three areas: visitor entrance and warehouse, collection hall, and staff entrance with offices; all connected by multiple circulation routes. Black and grey rooms are in a tight dialogue with cut alleys that point the main walls of the blocks allowing for spontaneous paths. The thickness of the walls transforms a simple wall into a room and the visit into a physical experience.”
Organized by Fundació Sorigué and curated by DOMAIN, PLANTA will be officially presented at the Conservatorio on June 6th, 2014 at 10.30am followed by the second edition of “Talking Architecture. Fundació Sorigué”, a panel debate on “Materiality, Volume and Space”. Guests in Venice are Chris Dercon (director of Tate Modern London), Mark Wigley (dean of GSAPP Columbia University), Iñaki Ábalos (chair of architecture at Harvard GSD), Ole Bouman (critic, co-curator of the 5th UABB), and Ricardo Devesa (ETSAB) as moderator.