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Australia to Highlight "The Pool" 2016 Venice Biennale

Australia to Highlight "The Pool" 2016 Venice Biennale
Australia to Highlight "The Pool" 2016 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects
Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet have been announced as the creative directors of the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Selected by the Australian Institute of Architect's Venice Biennale Committee, their proposal "The Pool" will be the first architecture exhibition displayed at Denton Corker Marshall's newly inaugurated pavilion.

"Prince Alfred Park Pool", Neeson Murcutt Architects
"Prince Alfred Park Pool", Neeson Murcutt Architects

A multi-sensory installation, "The Pool" will use light, scent, sound, reflection, and perceptual illusions to profile a number of Australia's most remarkable natural and manmade pools. In doing, it hopes to explore the unique typology of the Australian pool, described by the creative directors as "a key architectural device, a memory and also a setting... a distinctively Australian democratic and social space— a great leveler of difference".

Newcastle Baths
Newcastle Baths

The Venice Biennale Committee have praised "The Pool", commenting on the proposal's "incisive interest in the connections between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular architectural and landscape typology." 

"Aperture House", Cox Rayner
"Aperture House", Cox Rayner

Helmed by urban strategist Michelle Tabet and Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday of Sydney-based firm Aileen Sage, "The Pool" takes a cross-disciplinary approach, using a range of skills and technical knowledge to generate and present new readings of the pool as an architectural form.

Opening in May 2015, the Australian Pavilion is the first to be built in Giardini since the turn of the 21st century. View our previous coverage of the pavilion after here.

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Cite: Patricia Arcilla. "Australia to Highlight "The Pool" 2016 Venice Biennale" 22 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/622539/australia-to-highlight-the-pool-2016-venice-biennale/> ISSN 0719-8884
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