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Chinese Pavilion Opens With Robot-Printed 'Cloud Village' at 2018 Venice Biennale

The Chinese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, themed "Building a Future Countryside", is endeavored to explore new technology and ideas to make better of China's rural areas. A digitally-fabricated outdoor pavilion "Cloud Village" has been set up in addition to the national exhibition at the Venetian Arsenale. The Cloud Village has a twisting form which creates a sequence of open and semi-enclosed spaces under its roof. It seeks to convey an abstraction of the everyday life in Chinese countryside where boundaries of private and public realms are not always defined.

The Cloud Village is structurally made possible by the robotic printing technology developed by Philip F. Yuan and his team. Read below for a detailed account of the project from the architects.

© Philip F. Yuan © Liming Zhang © Philip F. Yuan © Liming Zhang + 21

Tongji University Affiliate Elementary School / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

Aerial. Image © Hao Chen Teaching building. Image © Hao Chen Passages and courtyards. Image © CreatAR Images Stepped turf and landscape. Image © Hao Chen + 78

Para Eco House / Tongji University Team

© Jia Dongfang
© Jia Dongfang

Designed by the Tongji University Team, the “Para Eco House” combines both parametric and ecological strategies into the logic of the architectural language used in the house design. By using both “passive” and “active” energy systems, they go beyond the functional and environmental requirement to create a paradigm for a low carbon future. The concept of creating a multi-layer skin emerges from a combination of Dao theory in eastern philosophy and the theories of Michel Foucault in western thought, especially the ideas of autonomy in architecture. More images and the team’s description after the break.