San Stae / Project Meganom

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
San Stae / Project Meganom, © Yury Grigoryan
© Yury Grigoryan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Iliya Kulesov, Alexandra Pavlova, Yury Kuznezov, Semen Rastorguev
  • Collaborator

    Yury Avvakumov
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan © Yury Grigoryan +9

A Biennale of "Bold Reminders"

00:00 - 19 June, 2014

For CNN's George Webster, this year's Biennale is a "bold reminder that architecture is - or at least should be - about a great deal more than blueprints, digital renderings and scale models." Taking the British Pavilion as a case in point, Webster argues that Koolhaas' original thematic provocation has paid off, succeeding "because it places people - our history, culture and even our bodies - at the very heart of its thinking." Travelling through the pavilions of Romania, Germany, the Dominican Republic, and Russia, you can read the article in full here.

Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem", The Mound. Image © James Taylor-Foster
The Mound. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale takes the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and explores the "mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious but also the moment that witnessed its collapse." The exhibition tells the story of how British modernity emerged out of an unlikely combination of interests and how "these modern visions continue to create our physical and imaginative landscapes." To those who know the UK's architectural heritage, this cultural and social history is delivered in a way which feels strangely familiar, whilst uncovering fascinating hidden histories of British modernity that continue to resonate in the 21st century.

We caught up with Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT Architecture (of which this exhibition is their final project), and Wouter Vanstiphout, partner at Rotterdam-based Crimson Architectural Historians, outside the British Pavilion to discuss the ideas behind, and significance of, A Clockwork Jerusalem.

© James Taylor-Foster
© James Taylor-Foster

Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice's Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
© Ferruzzi
© Ferruzzi

Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster +8

Video: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

00:00 - 12 June, 2014
Video: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

We're just coming back from the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, so you can expect a few more posts as part of our complete coverage. Our friends from Crane.tv were also there, and shared with us this video with an overview of this incredible event on this amazing city. Enjoy!

Event: "House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate"

00:00 - 6 June, 2014
Event: "House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate"

House Housing is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Situated in the Casa Muraro in Venice and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, that architecture focus on its "fundamentals."

Have We Reached the "End of Architecture"?

00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Have We Reached the "End of Architecture"?, Venice Biennale 2014 / Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 . Image © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Venice Biennale 2014 / Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 . Image © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

This year's Venice Biennale, curated by OMA's Rem Koolhaas, is "interested in the banal". In an article in the Financial Times', Edwin Heathcote discusses the paradox between exploring generic modernism at an event which celebrates the individual. Heathcote raises interesting questions about the extent to which world architecture has developed in modernity, ultimately arguing that, "in a way, architecture is over." You can read the article, which neatly investigates the curatorial rationale behind this year's Biennale, in full here.

Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli

10:00 - 24 February, 2014
Rubens Luciano / Simone Micheli, © Juergen Eheim
© Juergen Eheim

© Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim © Juergen Eheim +29

Smith-Clementi Residence / Rios Clementi Hale Studios

01:00 - 1 May, 2013
Smith-Clementi Residence / Rios Clementi Hale Studios, © Undine Pröhl
© Undine Pröhl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, CA, USA
  • RCH Studios Team

    Frank Clementi, AIA, principal; Julie Smith-Clementi, IDSA, principal; Huay Wee, architect, senior associate; Anthony Anderson, architect; Carolyn Sumida, landscape architect; Claudia Morello, designer
  • Area

    2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl +22

Modern Family Home / Dennis Gibbens Architects

01:00 - 20 March, 2013
© Ryan Childers
© Ryan Childers
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Dennis Gibbens Architects
  • Senior Project Architect

    Oren Dothan
  • Project Architect

    Ryan Turner
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Ryan Childers © Ryan Childers © Ryan Childers © Ryan Childers +30

Fashion Mogul Commissions OMA to Convert Venice Palazzo

00:00 - 19 March, 2013
Fashion Mogul Commissions OMA to Convert Venice Palazzo, © OMA
© OMA

Both Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright can be found on a lengthy list of architects who have tried to build in Venice and lost their battle to conservationists. However, OMA has broke through this barrier, as the practice was recently approved - after five years pending - to go forth with a renovation project of a 16th century palazzo for the fashion retailer Benetton near the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal.


More details and statements from the architect after the break...

Law-Court Offices in Venice / C+S Architects

01:00 - 10 December, 2012
Law-Court Offices in Venice / C+S Architects, Courtesy of C+S Architects
Courtesy of C+S Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, Italy
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of C+S Architects

Courtesy of C+S Architects Courtesy of C+S Architects Courtesy of C+S Architects Courtesy of C+S Architects +36

'Emerging Realities' International Student Workshop

03:00 - 5 November, 2012
Courtesy of Institute for Architecture and Landscape
Courtesy of Institute for Architecture and Landscape

Taking place November 11-18, the ‘Emerging Realities’ international student workshop will take place in Venice as part of the Biennale to feature international guest speakers. The event, put on by the Institute for Architecture and Landscape, LANDLAB ia&l, envisions the Venice lagoon archipelago as a prototype for a future metropolitan regional system. The new productive landscape proposes that it is capable of supporting such community while establishing an integrated and environmentally stable system that builds upon existing biodiversity, cultural practice, and production. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Venice Biennale 2012: An Interview with David Chipperfield

19:00 - 4 September, 2012

Director David Chipperfield discusses the ideas behind Common Ground and shares his response to the exhibitions featured inside the Arsenale at the 13th Architecture Biennale.

A History of the Venice Architecture Biennale

08:30 - 28 August, 2012
The Corderie at the Arsenale © ArchDaily
The Corderie at the Arsenale © ArchDaily

For over a century, the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The avant-garde institution has remained at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends, while leading international events in the field of contemporary arts that are amongst the most important of their kind. Over the past thirty years, the Biennale has given growing importance to the Architecture Exhibition, which is still a young component of the Biennale considering that its first exhibition was held in 1975. Today, the Venice Biennale captures a multitude of interest from around the globe and attracts over 370,000 international visitors.

Before the festivities of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale begin tomorrow, read up on the origin of this highly acclaimed international exhibition.

A timeline history of the Venice Architecture Biennale:

Venice Biennale 2012: FAT presents ‘The Museum of Copying’

15:00 - 26 August, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: FAT presents ‘The Museum of Copying’, Courtesy of FAT
Courtesy of FAT

Invited by David Chipperfield, director of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, FAT has contributed an exhibition to the Arsenale titled The Museum of Copying. Responding to the curator’s theme of “Common Ground”, The Museum of Copying explores the idea of the copy in architecture as an important, positive and often surreal phenomenon. The exhibit will be centered around FAT’s installation, “The Villa Rotunda Redux” – a five meter high facsimile of Palladio’s Villa Rotunda that explores the Villa as both a subject and object of architectural copying.

Ep Es Cremat / Duch Pizá Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2012
Ep Es Cremat / Duch Pizá Architects, © Jaime Sicilia
© Jaime Sicilia

© Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia © Jaime Sicilia +13

Venice Biennale 2012: “Lars Müller Publishers - Book Fever”

13:18 - 24 August, 2012
Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers
Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

Join the authors and editors of Lars Müller Publishers for a rare book signing opportunity with architects Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto, and Steven Holl on August 28th at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale! This event will kick off the exhibition Lars Müller Publishers – Book Fever, which will feature sixty publications – new releases, bestsellers, milestones from the past, and rare treasures – for the public to explore.

Founded thirty years ago, Lars Müller Publishers’ carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary art has lead them to become a renowned international publisher. One milestone you may remember was their release of Peter Zumthor’s Works (1998), which was the first survey of the oeuvre of the architect now known worldwide that set new standards for the monograph as a book genre.

Continue after the break for more details on the book signing and exhibition.