Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Croatian Pavilion

Brod / The Ship / La Nave: A Floating Pavilion for Croatia at the Venice Biennale

The Floating Pavilion to present arts and architecture of Croatia at the Venice Biennale is constructed on an existing barge with dimensions of 10m x 20m x 3m. It is designed by a group of 14 leading Croatian architects, who have made the recent Croatian architecture visible on the global scene. Instead of working in the usual formats of their practices and presenting speculative projects, they decided to work together on a single proposal and to have it constructed and towed toward its final destination in Venice right away. The pavilion structure is the barge’s cargo, welded from 30 tons of Q385 wire mesh in more than 40 layers of varying contours. The cargo presented here maps the process of intense interaction between architects working on the common project, their collaboration with the Croatian maritime industry, and the extraordinary act of architecture it produced. Please follow the pavilion’s maiden voyage across the Adriatic at www.pavilion.hr.

Time Schedule for August 28th 2010:

08:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Towing trough Venice Lagoon to the Riva dei Sette Martiri

10:00 AM - Aug. 29th 06:00 PM, Mooring at the Riva dei Sette Martiri

02:30 PM, Croatian Venue exhibition opening in Arsenale

06:30 PM, Inauguration and opening of the Croatian Floating Pavilion at the Riva dei Sette Martiri

Commissioner: Leo Modrcin

Participating architects: Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Igor Franic, Tanja Grozdanic, Petar Miskovic, Silvije Novak, Veljko Oluic, Helena Paver Njiric, Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejic, Goran Rako, Sasa Randic, Idis Turato, Pero Vukovic, Tonci Zarnic

Organizer: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia


Blogger Andrew said...

Awesome project. It creates some interesting visual allusions as it always looks like a blurred moving object in the photos. Love it.

5:40 PM  
Blogger eric said...

I agree Andrew...

8:51 AM  
Anonymous enrico said...

Did you know that it partially collapsed during travelling? It needed some work of restoration before the opening of the exhibition... yet an impressive architecture! brilliant!

8:35 AM  
Blogger eric said...

I saw that... I wondered how all those layers were attached. Apparently not as well as they should have been =)

12:38 PM  

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