Free space in architecture as the focus of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale

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"In architecture, what we create for private use becomes the structure of public space", saya Paolo Baratta, president of the Architecture Biennale, to explain the concept behind Freespace, the theme of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition to be held in Venice, between the Arsenale Gardens and the streets, from May 26th to November 25th.
Freespace is the public space generated by any architectural work, no matter who the client is: every thought and action revolving around space changes the light, the proportions and the balances, interacting with our own view.
According to curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Grafton Architects studio in Dublin (b.1977) and awarded with the Silver Lion at the 2012 Architecture Biennale, Freespace has the aim of promoting the desire for architecture as a conscious thought on space, and the role of every architectural element in the choreography of everyone's daily life.
The Freespace manifesto will gather 71 participants from 63 countries to describe their idea of ​​free and liminal space between architectural object sand every event, individual, and point of view that surrounds them. Studios and professionals from very different backgrounds will bring to the Arsenale an exceptional variety of points of view, regenerating architectural culture through practice.
The tiled concrete seat designed by Jørn Utzon and placed at the entrance of Can Lis in Mallorca is one of the examples that the curators mention to explain how an architectural object can be welcoming: modeled on the human body, it provides comfort and well-being, turning into an invitation to share.
Something similar can be found at the entrance to Via Quadronno, 24, in Milan, where architect Angelo Mangiarotti designed a slightly sloping corridor with a seat on the threshold, inviting guests to stop.
Finally, Lina Bo Bardi added a public belvedere to the project of the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo, mixing public and private spaces in a way that reminds of the stone seats on the facade of Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, conveying power and hopsitality at the same time.
The Biennale will delve into the Freespace theme through the Meetings on Architecture, involving the people behind the exhibition, and other events aimed at stressing how the educational aspect is in perfect harmony with the focus on generosity, openness, and reception that will be the trait d’union among all the selected and exhibited works.

Author : The Slowear Journal


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