brazilian pavilion at the 2012 biennale
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sep 05, 2012

brazilian pavilion at the 2012 biennale

brazil pavilion curated by lauro cavalcanti at the 2012 venice architecture biennale image © designboom

the brazil pavilion for the 2012 architecture biennale in venice, curated by lauro cavalcanti, features two distinct architects: urbanist lucio costa who is responsible for the conception of brasilia in 1960 and the ideology of brazilian modernism, and film director and architect marcio kogan of studio mk27, who is considered to create some of brazil’s most iconic contemporary houses. the first room displays a technically exhaustive look into several projects realized by the two participants, followed by two opposing halls exhibiting their unique installations in an interesting juxtaposition of past and present.

‘peep show’ hall image © designboom

small holes protrude from the black volume letting the viewer ‘peep’ into the private lives in the V4 house image © designboom

view into peephole image © designboom

clips of life in the V4 house are revealed image © designboom


studio mk27 created a voyeuristic installation featuring the ‘V4 house’ and its inhabitants. filmed by 16 cameras, ‘peep’ shows a series of video sketches that express the qualitative characteristics of the physical building, the life that happens inside, and the often forgotten processes that maintain a house that altogether define its architecture.

gabriel kogan explains:

‘the emotions and sensations provoked in us by each space can only be perceived through experience in the space itself. the light, the size of volumes and the presence of bodies cannot be reproduced. architecture, however, can only be represented by itself, in its fleeting state, existing only in the present, at the moment when we are walking through the building. what we are left with are memories that build a new interior and slightly linear space that is cut in pieces.

this installation is the recognition of the infeasibility depicting architecture and a suggestion that we speak of it using pieces of memory. an ordinary and made-up memory, a memory that is at the same time collective and anonymous, harking back to brief sensations and recalling atmospheres at any time.’

‘peep’ film by marcio kogan of studio mk27

frame from ‘peep’ image © studio mk27

image © studio mk27

image © studio mk27

image © studio mk27

image © studio mk27

opposing the ‘peep’ show is an open room with hammocks suspended from the ceiling and classical guitars spread throughout the space. a homage to lucio costa, ‘riposatevi’ reminds us that repose and free time are equally as important as the time spent in an office, as a revisit to brazil’s 1964 milan triennale pavilion dedicated to ‘leisure.’ the many colorful canvas beds simply invite visitors to lie down and relax.

in lucio costa’s words:

‘the same people who rest in hammocks can, whenever necessary, build a new capital in three years’ time.’

‘riposatevi’ installation with colorful hammocks and guitars image © designboom

image © designboom

(left) studio mk27 owner and architect marcio kogan (right) curator lauro cavalcanti image © designboom

back entrance to pavilion image © designboom

large concrete section splits the pavilion into two areas, while maintaining large open spaces image © designboom

  • Strange video …

    lm says:
  • Absolutely adored the video, particularly the idea of the house as central character; it confirmed my first reaction to the house when it was first featured in db. What a great skill set to have…filmmaker and architect.

    Bravo, maestro

    Chaszr says:
  • I think this is an outdated view of us brazilians, who work hard everyday and strive to fight such limited vision and show the world that we are much more than samba and sex!
    This simply reinforce the biased impression that we brazilians even with such remarkable architects, have throughtout the world. I am ashamed that this is the only face from a multicultural richness that aims more. This view is disgusting. And surely my friends and I are not part of it.

    @iurialencar says:
  • Interesting video

    [url=] make arquitectura [/url]

    make arquitectura says:
  • What a fake video! the house is much real than the characters, by the way such beautiful house…

    mil says:
  • when modernism become cynicism.

    Gabriel says:
  • I think this video is interesting for the personification of the house, but it looks more a “novela” with non utils sex scenes. ok thats fun, but … ? really, the scene of “sports” , WTF ??

    What ever, thats a good way for not making a usal and boring video of a simply house … mas o roteiro meu irmão … nada ver !

    lm says:

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