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dutch pavilion: re set by petra blaisse at the 13th architecture biennale
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aug 31, 2012
dutch pavilion: re set by petra blaisse at the 13th architecture biennale


dutch pavilion at the 13th international architecture exhibition
image © rob ‘t hart, nederlands architectuurinstituut (NAi)

NAi director ole bouman and inside outside founder petra blaisse have revealed ‘Re-set’ to the public in the giardini at
the 13th international architecture exhibition in venice. curtains of varied opacities move through gerrit reitveld’s vacant structure
on a ceiling-mounted dual track system, changing their position 12 times throughout the day. the installation gives a renewed life
to the dutch modernist architect’s building. in existence for 58 years and vacant for 40, the national pavilion for the netherlands remains
unused for a majority of the calendar year, only coming to life for the annual art and architecture biennales.

before the pavilion’s opening, petra blaisse met with designboom to discuss the intervention. attempting to change the perspective rehabilitation
as conservative renovators, this transforms the structure’s experience rather than filling it with objects or starting anew. celebrating its qualities,
the hourly changes create a new situation for visitors, giving wings to the old foundations and shell.

see designboom’s coverage of curator ole bouman’s concept behind the design and connection to chipperfield’s common ground theme here.


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image © rob ‘t hart, nederlands architectuurinstituut (NAi)


image © rob ‘t hart, nederlands architectuurinstituut (NAi)


image © rob ‘t hart, nederlands architectuurinstituut (NAi)


sequence of curtains during movement
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detail of dual rail track system
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petra blaisse of inside outside
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petra blaisse discusses the design of the dutch pavilion with designboom before its unveiling to the public
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video © su tomesen, nederlands architectuurinstituut (NAi)


curtains in motion
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curtains in motion
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credits:

exhibition: august 29 – november 25, 2012.
location: dutch pavilion in the giardini di castello, venice, italy
curator: ole bouman, director of the nai
design: petra blaisse with marieke van den heuvel, peter niessen, laura van santen and rabia zuberi

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