Venice: Australian Biennale Pavilion (Italy)

Australian Biennale Pavilion 

La Biennale di Venezia – Giardini – Sestiere Castello, 30122 Venezia, Italy

DCM (Denton Corker Marshall) (2011-15)

In celebration of the opening of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale we show you the Australian Biennale Pavilion by DCM (Denton Corker Marshall).

The building is a new abstract black box perched on the edge of a canal in the Giardini in Venice. It is a powerful geometric composition building upon ideas previously explored by DCM. Described as a white box within a black box with operable panels it has been designed to be adaptable for a multitude of possibilities for those exhibiting in the Art or Architecture Biennale.

Venice Biennale Australian Pavilion by DCM 01

‘Our idea for the new Pavilion of Australia was to create a simple yet powerful pavilion – a distinct presence within the Giardini della Biennale, yet sensitive to the historic gardens and surrounding pavilions. We also wanted to create a pure, timeless sculptural object that could exude both subtlety and confidence within the context of the Giardini. Thus, we designed a white box within a black box, carefully positioned on the site to ensure minimal impact on the existing landscape. In designing the pavilion as a sculptural object or, a box inside a box, we envision it as a container, transporting it from Australia to Venice. We like the idea of a mysterious black box that opens up to reveal its contents particularly in the context of the Giardini, which closes during the winter months and reopens in the spring.’ – DCM


Further Information:

Place: Australian Venice Biennale Pavilion (2017 art exhibition)

Designer: DCM (Denton Corker Marshall)

Photographer: John Gollings

Review: Dezeen and The Monthly and ArchitectureAU

Map: Venice Biennale Pavilions Map








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