Hala Wardé, the founder of HW architecture, was selected to curate the Lebanese pavilion at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale. Entitled “A Roof for Silence”, the project aims to investigate the question of living together, by highlighting precedents.
The Lebanese intervention will create a space of exchange and dialogue, between the architect Hala Wardé and the Lebanese contemporary poet & artist, Etel Adnan. The pavilion will also bring together past and present, antiquity and modernity, in order to connect these realms and uncover the buried answers to the problematic challenge.
Why not think about places in relation to their potential as voids rather than solids? How can we fight fear of emptiness in architecture? How can we imagine forms that generate places of silence and contemplation? How can we create sensitive spaces where people can meet and talk? How can we design places that create emotion and a desire to linger? Paul Virilio, thinker of speed, saw emptiness as the depth of time. He expressed it through his 'anti-form' paintings, in which he painted the empty space between objects. A play on space and absent matter, which obviously leads us to architectural space. We will base this project on the need for empty space, and for the life that might inhabit it as a form of silence. -- Hala Wardé, founder of HW architecture.
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Hala Wardé who was in charge of the Louvre Abu Dhabi which she led from inception in 2006 to delivery in 2017, established her own practice in 2008 but continued to collaborate with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, with whom she had worked for over 20 years. The architect’s recent intervention will be featured in the 2020 Venice Biennale, curated by her fellow Lebanese architect, educator and scholar Hashim Sarkis, under the theme of “How will we live together”.