Belgian Pavilion promotes a “more interesting” Europe to counter rising nationalism

Belgium’s Venice Biennale pavilion is being used as a forum for debate about the future of Europe, in a bid to prevent the continent becoming further divided. For the duration of the Venice Architecture Biennale, visitors are invited to take a seat within the bright blue amphitheatre that fills the building and consider the various issues

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Baxendale’s Venice outdoor playground made permanent for length of biennale

A colourful interactive frame that Baxendale created as part of Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 has been saved from being dismantled. Originally due to be taken down at the end of June – as the Scottish budget didn’t cover renting the space at Palazzo Zenobio for the entire length of the biennale

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“Designing and writing about a building are very different processes of thought”

The Venice Biennale manifesto of Grafton Architects is proof that vapid commentary can diminish great architecture, says Owen Hatherley. “Freespace focuses on architecture’s ability to provide free and additional spatial gifts to those who use it and on its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers,” reads the manifesto of Venice Architecture Biennale curators Yvonne Farrell

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Luxembourg Pavilion calls for architects to “give more space to the public” by building on stilts

Projects by Aldo Rossi, Paul Rudolph and Le Corbusier show how buildings on stilts can be used to covertly introduce public space onto private land, according to the curators of the Luxembourg Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition features 13 towering MDF models of buildings on stilts, which were all proposed but never

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Venice Biennale project sees derelict 1980s flat transformed back into family home

A social-housing apartment that stood empty for five years is becoming a family home again, after being refurbished for a Venice Architecture Biennale show. The Unfolding Pavilion was a week-long exhibition inside a triplex flat in the Giudecca Social Housing Complex, which was built by Italian architect Gino Valle in 1986. The flat was in

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10 Venice Architecture Biennale installations that invite you to interact

This year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is bursting with models, including several you can touch or inhabit. Dezeen’s social media editor Danil Boparai picks 10 of the best examples. Curated by Grafton Architects founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale is open to the public until 27 November 2018. It is titled Freespace, in celebration of the gifts that

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360-degree video offers a look inside all 10 chapels built by the Vatican City in Venice

This 360-degree video created by Dezeen offers a look inside all 10 chapels commissioned by the Vatican City for its inaugural Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition, including designs by Terunobu Fujimoro, Smiljan Radić and Sean Godsell. The Holy See Pavilion saw 10 studios design and build new chapels on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Designers were asked by

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10 pavilions not to be missed at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

There are 63 national pavilions at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. But if you don’t have time to visit them all, here’s our guide to the 10 best, selected by Dezeen editor Amy Frearson. The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale is curated by Grafton Architects founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Their title, Freespace, refers to the

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360-degree video reveals the EU-blue amphitheatre inside the Belgian Pavilion

This 360-degree video filmed by Dezeen offers a look inside the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which is hosting an amphitheatre for discussion about European politics. Curated by Traumnovelle and Roxane Le Grelle, the simple installation called Eurotopie is designed to provoke discussion about the role of Belgian capital Brussels as the host of the European

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V&A director defends Robin Hood Gardens display at Venice Biennale against claims of “art-washing”

Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A museum in London, has defended the institution’s decision to exhibit a section of the Robin Hood Gardens housing estate at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Writing in The Art Newspaper, Hunt dismissed the “keyboard warriors and ‘art-wash’ agitators”, who have criticised the museum for acquiring and exhibiting fragments of the part-demolished brutalist

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Cruising Pavilion aims to show how sex “is always latent or silenced” in architecture

The practice of “cruising” is changing the way that buildings are designed, according to the curators of a Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition that brings together sex and architecture. Featuring a flatpack maze containing a glory hole, and artefacts from famously secretive Berlin nightclub Berghain, the Cruising Pavilion explores the subversive architecture of, and architectures subverted by, casual

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Vatican City presents woodland chapels built by architects including Foster, Souto de Moura and Flores & Prats

The Vatican City seeks to question the meaning of the chapel in the 21st century with its debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale, a series of woodland structures by famous architects from around the world. The Holy See Pavilion consists of 10 small chapels, built by architects including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souta de Moura, Sean

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Vatican City’s patronage is “exactly what architecture needs” says Norman Foster 

The Vatican City is a champion for contemporary architecture, according to Norman Foster, one of several architects commissioned by the Catholic city state for the Venice Architecture Biennale. Speaking to Dezeen in Venice, the Foster + Partners principal said the Vatican City should be congratulated for its debut biennale contribution – instead of curating a traditional

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Architects must reclaim Venice Architecture Biennale from “arrogant” curators, says Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher has launched an attack on the curators of the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which he claims are “devoid of architecture”. “Architects must fight back to reclaim the Venice Biennale from the arrogant and self-indulgent curators,” said Schumacher, the principal at Zaha Hadid Architects, in a post on Facebook. His criticism

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Explore the huge cell-like balloons inside the Nordic Pavilion in 360-degree video

Take a look inside the Nordic Pavilion, which has been filled with expanding and contracting blobs designed to look like cells, in this  360-degree video filmed at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Called Another Generosity, the exhibition features four huge balloons filled with water and air that inflate or deflate according to the surrounding carbon-dioxide levels, humidity and temperature.

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V&A unveils huge section of demolished Robin Hood Gardens at Venice Architecture Biennale

Visitors to the Venice Architecture Biennale can walk the “streets in the sky” of London’s Robin Hood Gardens, as the V&A museum has shipped a huge chunk of the brutalist housing estate to Italy. As the showpiece of the exhibition Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse, the fragment is the facade of one flat from the famous

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Dutch Pavilion invites you to explore a Narnia-like locker room

Orange lockers open to reveal secret rooms, windows, videos and images inside The Netherlands’ Venice Biennale Pavilion, in an exhibition that explores the future of physical labour. Called Work, Body, Leisure, the exhibition in the Dutch Pavilion appears to comprise a single room lined on all sides by lockers. But as visitors pull open the

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Explore the interior of the Golden Lion-winning Swiss Pavilion in 360-degree video

You can go down the rabbit hole into Switzerland’s surreal Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition – which has won the Golden Lion for best pavilion of 2018 – in this 360-degree video by Dezeen. Called House Tour, the Swiss Pavilion exhibition invites visitors to explore bland rental homes as if they are Alice in Wonderland by presenting a

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Eduardo Souto de Moura and Switzerland win Golden Lions at Venice Architecture Biennale

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been awarded a Golden Lion for the best project on show at the Venice Architecture Biennale, while Switzerland has been lauded for curating the best pavilion. Souto de Moura was named best participant in Freespace, the exhibition directed by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects for

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Huge balloons inflate and deflate based on atmospheric conditions inside Nordic Pavilion

The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale has been filled with huge inflatable blobs that slowly expand and contract in response to changing environmental conditions. The exhibition, called Another Generosity, aims to explore the relationship between nature and the built environment. Curators Eero Lundén and Juulia Kauste wanted to show how humans can start to create

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Female architects host flash mob at Venice Architecture Biennale to call for gender equality

Architects Odile Decq, Farshid Moussavi and Manuelle Gautrand were part of a protest that took place in Venice today, to fight against discrimination in architecture. The flash mob took place in the Giardini, one of the two main venues for the Venice Architecture Biennale. More than 100 people attended, with other participants including architects Jeanne Gang,

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Caruso St John builds rooftop “island” above British Pavilion to make statement about Brexit

Architecture firm Caruso St John and artist Marcus Taylor have installed a huge platform atop the UK’s Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion, to create a ” place of both refuge and exile”. The curators chose to build scaffolding all around an empty British Pavilion, to support the wooden “island” perched on top. The claim the project, called Island,

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Watch our talk with Bjarke Ingels and Hans Ulrich Obrist on museum architecture live from Venice

BIG founder Bjarke Ingels speaks to curator Hans Ulrich Obrist about the architecture of museums, in this talk Dezeen is hosting with Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Venice. Watch the talk here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page live at 4pm UK time. Ahead of the opening of BIG’s Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet in 2020, Ingels

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Swiss Pavilion invites visitors to explore bland rental homes like Alice In Wonderland

Unremarkable light switches, doors and counters are either shrunk or enlarged inside Switzerland’s Venice Biennale pavilion, to draw attention to the ubiquitous interior design of rental properties. Called House Tour, the exhibition sees the Swiss Pavilion transformed into a warren of unfurnished rooms, using the bland fittings commonly selected for new-build housing or rented apartments. But

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Watch our talk with David Chipperfield live from Casa Flora in Venice

British architect David Chipperfield speaks to Dezeen editor Amy Frearson about his relationship with Venice in this exclusive talk at Casa Flora to coincide with the Venice Architecture Biennale. Tune in from 4.20pm UK time to watch it live. Frearson talks to the architect about the challenges and opportunities of architectural exhibitions, the role and status of

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Architects can make a big impact “at a very small scale” say Venice Architecture Biennale directors

Architects can’t solve the world’s problems, but they can still make a significant impact, say Venice Architecture Biennale directors Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, who compare architecture to the slow-food movement. The duo, who are the founders of Dublin-based studio Grafton Architects, claim that architects don’t have the power to combat global issues. But they say

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Five key topics for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

The Venice Architecture Biennale kicks off this week. Ahead of the opening, Dezeen architecture editor Jessica Mairs looks at some of the topics likely to dominate conversation, from the future of social housing to cruising culture. Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, are the curators of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, which

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“Architects are not really required for the nitty gritty of actual building any more”

Sean Griffiths asks whether, on the eve of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, the era of the architect-personality finally coming to an end, and should we care? Architecture is under siege, say Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Irish studio Grafton, the curators of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens this week. And of

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Kenneth Frampton to receive Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale

British architect, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton will recieve the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Architecture Biennale next month. Frampton was selected for the award by the curators of this year’s Biennale, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin-based Grafton Architects. Born in London in 1930, Frampton studied at the Architectural Association before

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Vatican City’s first Venice Biennale pavilion to feature chapels by Foster, Souto de Moura and more

The Vatican City will make its debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale this year, by building a series of chapels by architects including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Teronobu Fujimori. Curated by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co, the Holy See Pavilion will feature 10 chapels, designed by prolific architects from around the world. The other participating

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V&A to recreate Robin Hood Gardens’ streets in the sky at Venice Architecture Biennale

A one-bedroom flat salvaged from the demolition of the Robin Hood Gardens estate by London’s V&A museum is to be transported to Italy and displayed at this year’s Venice Architecture Bienniale. The V&A acquired the three-storey section of the estate last year when demolition work on the brutalist social housing estate began, but did not immediately reveal its plans for the

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