australian pavilion at the 13th international architecture exhibition
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sep 08, 2012
australian pavilion at the 13th international architecture exhibition

installation by supermanoeuvre in the australian pavilion at the venice biennale
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part of the ‘formations’ exhibition at the australian pavilion, sydney-based practice supermanoeuvre has installed a wall of bent steel
for the 13th international architecture exhibition in venice. the densities of the grid-like structure are gradiented to diffuse the space.
programmed by the firm, a structural form-finding software was generated and collaboration took place across their tri-continental network
to complete the piece. approximately 5,000 lines of code were the designer, 50,000 lines of file to factory robotic control code,
6,800 bends to 25,000 meters of 1/4" diameter steel rods were created without a single drawing. manufacture took place in ann arbor,
michigan and the worked elements were then shipped and assembled in venice.

see our previous coverage of richard goodwin’s black dot installation on vacant buildings throughout the city of venice here.

side view of the installation
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framework reaches the ceiling of the australian pavilion
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detail of the bends
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overview of supermanoeuvre exhibit
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models displayed upon a bent rod base
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boats have landed within a venetian building
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boats crashing into a venetian building
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detail of boat coming out of the venetian building
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model displayed within bent rod base
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‘supermatter II’ by supermanoeuvre, 2009
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wall of rod modules displayed with interactive illumination
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bent rod details
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robotic rod bending | venice biennale australian pavilion from adam smith

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foosball tables encompassing the australian pavilion
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detail of foosball players
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this is the last biennale for this australian pavilion. it will soon be replaced with a new structure
see designboom’s coverage of denton corker marshall’s pavilion here
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