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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.

Find out how you can hack the Biennale after the break.

The VW Beetle Shell, 1967, and The Utah Teapot, 1975, Ivan Sutherland and Martin Newell. Image Courtesy of Ozel OfficeCorrugated Duct House, Neil M. Denari Architects. Image Courtesy of Ozel OfficeVirtual Trading Floor, Asymptote Architecture. Image Courtesy of Ozel OfficeSpreebogen Master Plan, 1993, Roberge, Rudy, Hoffman, Koebel. Image Courtesy of Ozel Office+ 7

Izmir Opera House / Ozel Office

Front View of Opera House © Ozel Office
Front View of Opera House © Ozel Office

Ozel Office, a practice based in both LA, California and Istanbul, Turkey, has designed a competition proposal for an Opera House for Izmir, a port town off the Aegean Coast. The competition challenged participants to see architecture as a “catalyst” that could potentially help the city re-center itself as a hub of economic activity and source of cultural significance. The collaborative effort within the office, especially led by Guvenc Ozel and Erdim Kumkumoglu, produced a proposal where the ”architecture becomes a catalyst that reinforces the relationship between the old city, the new city, the waterfront and urban culture. In short, our vision is a synergy of spatial, cultural as well as practical and contextual aesthetics.”

More images and more about the project after the break.