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Hacking the Biennale: "Project Source Code" Uses Augmented Reality to Stage a Rebel Exhibition

This year at the Venice Biennale, not all of the exhibitions are visible. Ozel Office of Los Angeles have "hacked" the Venice Biennale with the help of some major architecture firms: Asymptote Architecture, Greg Lynn Form, Neil M. Denari Architects, Murmur, and Oosterhuis Lenard. Together, these firms have created a rogue digital addition to the Biennale only accessible through a virtual portal revealing a world of levitating models, movable objects, and much more, activated by physical components of the Koolhaas-curated central pavilion.

Keelung Harbor Service Building / Neil M. Denari Architects

Waterside view of gateway tower - Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects
Waterside view of gateway tower - Courtesy of Neil M. Denari Architects

Yesterday, we announced that Los Angeles based Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), in collaboration with Taiwanese architectural firm Fei and Cheng Associates, have been selected as winner of a highly publicized, international competition for the new Keelung Harbor Service Building in Taiwan’s largest port city. As promised, we now present to you the winning proposal.

Serving as a “Gateway to the Nation”, the project site consists of a new cruise ship port terminal, a 250 meter long, three level building that will accommodate the largest ships in Asia; a 53,000 square meter Harbor Authority office complex; parking for 1000 cars; and a third phase 23,000 square meter speculative office building. The NT$6.2 billion (US$211.5 million) renewal project will be completed in phases. Construction will commence next year on the three-floor terminal, which is planned for completion by 2015. Work on the complex’s office building is expected to come to a conclusion in 2017. Learn more after the break, with the architects’ complete project statement.

High Line 23 / Neil M. Denari Architects

Architect: Neil M. Denari Architects Location: New York, USA Principal in charge: Neil Denari Project Architect: Duks Koschitz Project Designer: Stefano Paiocchi Project team: Carmen Cham, Alex Janowsky, Philipp Traexler, David Aguilo, Steven Epley, Paola Vezzulli, Joe Willendra Collaborating Architect: Marc Rosenbaum Architects Structural engineers: Desimone Consulting Engineers Lighting design: TWS & Partners Façade Consultant: Front Interior design: Thomas Juul-Hansen Lighting design: Lighting Design Alliance MEP Engineering: Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder Consulting Engineers Construction Management: T. G. Nickel & Associates Land area: 352.5 sqm Constructed area: 3,642 sqm Status: Under Construction Images: Neil Denari Architects