venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion
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aug 30, 2012
venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion



‘i-city’ curated by sergei tchoban for the russian pavilion at the 2012 architecture biennale in venice
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venice  2012 architecture biennale: day four – live!

curator and architect sergei tchoban (along with partner sergei kuznetsov) of SPEECH techoban / kuznetsov  have designed the
russian pavilion for the 2012 architecture biennale. divided into two parts, ‘i-city’ and ‘i-land‘ address russia’s past and future in a
highly interactive experience.

‘i-city,’ in the upstairs level, consists of three rooms with a grid of QR codes wrapping the walls, floors and ceilings. shelves of tablet
PC’s greet visitors which convert them into scientists and explorers, left free to roam the halls using their tool to take pictures of the
codes and discover information about the skolkovo project, a new city which promotes architectural and technological innovations
in russian urbanism. the tiled skin of the interior creates a texture, filling the spaces with varying levels of light in a surreal futuristic environment.
the potential of information is present, but must be found by the individual and pieced together, where the big picture is not immediately
obvious but rather uncovered.

visitors are given a tablet when they enter, which they can point at any particular code.
they all translate into information on skolkovo – the future science city just outside moscow.
skolkovo is one of the largest, most innovative russian projects of today and has been worked on by many international architects,
including biennale director david chipperfield; AREP; SPEECH tchoban/kuznetsov; valode& pistre; mohsen mostafavi; OMA; SANAA;
herzog& de meuron; stefano boeri architetti; project MEGANOM; MDP/michel desvigne paysagiste; BERNASKONI architecture bureau.



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welcome to the russian pavilion – scanning the codes reveals information

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QR dome and skylight
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pritzker prize winner wang shu inside the russian pavilion
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lit code panels create an ambiance as well as highlight certain information
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tablet docking station
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project info:

curator: sergei tchoban
deputy curators: sergey kuznetsov, valeria kashirina
exhibition design: SPEECH tchoban & kuznetsov (sergei tchoban, sergey kuznetsov, marina kuznetskaya, agniya sterligova, kirill zaev, elena petukhova)
application developer: treelev LLC (konstantin chernozatonskiy, pavel shlyapnikov, andrey mishanin, maxim raykhrud, alexander bonel, ekaterina laretina)
exhibition realization: velko2000 (igor chichikov), ST facade (irina yerokh, daria popova, mara peyrot, federico belletti, fabrizio ceresole),
studio MEW (odine manfroni), flexlite (filippo lazzarini)
commissioner: grigory revzin
with the support of: skolkovov foundation
exhibitors: AREP, SPEECH tchoban & kuznetsov, david chipperfield architects, valode & pistre, mohsen mostafavi, OMA, SANAA,
herzog & de meuron, stefano boeri architetti, project MEGANOM, MDP / michel desvigne paysagiste, BERNASKONI architecture bureau

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