Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects

Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects

Australia’s creative team for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad, has announced 11 unrealized projects that will be showcased as part of the Augmented Australia 1914-2014 exhibition. Ranging from an inner-city cathedral to a treetop activist shelter, the country-wide selection of projects will be brought to life using three-dimensional augmented models, images, voice overs and animations.

Individuals will be able to activate the exhibition by downloading an app on any smart device and participate in a self-directed, interactive dialog with the works. "Visitors will be able to point their smart phone at the images to open up a catalog of virtual material that will allow them to visualize, walk through and admire the scale and greatness of each project," explained Professor Rene Van Meeuwen of felix. and the University of Western Australia.

"The great part about these contemporary projects is that they are almost completely unknown; however, have been submitted by some of the best architects in Australia. Our concept for the exhibition will bring the projects to life for the first time and allow us to explore the ideas and stories behind their design and inception. The projects were deliberately chosen to represent all of Australia. We believe that the selections will cleverly negotiate Rem Koolhaas' theme and offer a true national perspective of the architecture of Australia."

The selected projects are:

Darwin City Waterfront Signature Restaurant / Susan Dugdale and Associates

Museum of Contemporary Art / fjmt (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp)

Museum of Contemporary Art. Image © fjmt

Caught Unawares / MvS Architects

Caught Unawares. Image © MvS Architects

(un)Common Earth_National World War I & World War II Memorial, Canberra / Mulloway Studio

un(Common) Earth WWII Memorial. Image © Mulloway Studio

Styx Valley Protest Shelter / Andrew Maynard Architects

Styx Valley Protest Shelter. Image Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

Lodge on the Lake / m3architecture

LodgeOnTheLake. Image © m3architecture

Jewel Cave Visitor Centre / iredale pedersen hook architects

Jewel Cave Visitor Centre. Image © iredale pedersen hook architects

Tower Skin / LAVA

Tower Skin at Night. Image Courtesy of LAVA

Carlton United Brewery (CUB) Site, Swanston St Melbourne / ARM Architecture

CUB Site. Image © ARM Architecture

Hybrid Cathedral / tessellate a+d

Hybrid Cathedral. Image © tessellate a+d 1

RMIT University / Sports Centre - Lyons

RMIT Sports Centre. Image Courtesy of Lyons

After an overwhelming response following a call-out for ten unbuilt contemporary Australian buildings to accompany ten historical unrealized designs, the team decided to expand the exhibition to include an 11th project. The entirety of the collection will be revealed at the exhibition opening during the Vernissage inside the new Australian Pavilion by Denton Corker Marshall, which will then be under construction in Venice.

For more information about the projects click here.

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects" 25 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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