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Time, Space, Existence


Evento collaterale della 15a Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia

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People, Planet, Politics

An installation at Time Space Existence exhibition, Venice 15th Architecture Biennale, 2016 - Interplan 2 Architects



15a Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia

Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova, Venezia

28 May - 27 November 2016

(preview: 26 + 27 May 2016)

As part of the 15th  International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Rossini presents architects from 6 continents, brought together in an extraordinary combination.

This exhibition documents current developments and thoughts in architecture, highlighting fundamental questions by discussing the philosophical concepts Time, Space and Existence. An international group of architects with different cultural backgrounds and who are in different stages of their careers, i.e. established architects next to architects whose works might be less known. What they have in common is their dedication to architecture in the broadest sense of their profession. The exhibition shows a large diversity of presentations (models, concepts, research results, dreams, hopes and ideas), combining classical architectural presentations with surprising artistic elements. By combining different architectural thoughts and approaches, this exhibition aims to enlarge our human awareness of our own personal existence as a human being within a specific space and time.

The Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at the 15th  International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, is promoted by the Dutch non-profit Global Art Affairs Foundation and takes place from 28 May until 27 November 2016.

People, Planet, Politics

An installation at Time Space Existence exhibition, Venice 15th Architecture Biennale, 2016

Interplan 2 Architects

Whilst Space and Time refer to a “classical” formulation of Architecture as a four-dimensional domain, the term Existence refers, in our perception, to the actual context of conception of a work of Architecture. As a cognitive practice, the architectural design project aims at framing the global conditions that influence the process of generation of the demand for Architecture. Projects are originated in different exigency realms, and are symptomatic of the special social, economic and environmental conditions determining their opportunity or need.  

Three different, although interconnected, generating conditions are explored within the three selected projects shown, all concerned with actuality themes at a global level:

  1. The evolution of workplace strategy of the prime Italian telecommunications company, tends to escape the traditional hierarchical and static space, swerving toward a dynamic configuration (smart working concept) of the workspace capable of promoting unpreceded flexibility and mobility: the new Telecom Italia Rome Pomezia Headquarters designed by Interplan2 Architects.

  2. The theme of environment impoverishment, resulting from the conditions of extreme urbanism characterizing contemporary China, is the focus of Green Living Project, developed by Interplan2 Architects for a Shanghai start-up company. As an antidote, the scheme explores some of the prophecies anticipated by the European avant-garde in the last decades (Residential Agriculture / Urban Agriculture), coupled with state of the art technology for energy and environmental sustainability.

  3. The consolidation of Western security assets, associated with social and political events that shaped our current epoch, materializes in the upgrading of NATO infrastructure in Europe and in Italy. The military organization migrates to the spatial and organizational standards widespread in current corporate realities: the new NATO JFC Naples Headquarters.

The installation is comprised of three separate panels, made of the materials that most characterize each project. Thus, the Telecom project panel is coated with a RAL 3028 Liuni red vinyl flooring material; the Green Living project panel is built of Chinese Cypress slats, and the NATO project is framed by a composite aluminum panel, in some cases documenting, in others anticipating, the actual Existence of re-thought built form.

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