at the 2018 venice architecture biennale, the nordic pavilion presents ‘another generosity’ — an exhibition that explores the relationship between nature and the built environment, and how architecture can facilitate the creation of a world that supports the symbiotic coexistence of both. the pavilion creates a spatial experience designed to heighten our awareness of our environment. curated by eero lundén and juulia kauste, ‘another generosity’ is an attempt to foster dialogue, debate, and criticism to help reveal new ways we can shape our world with another generosity — a generosity not just between humans, but between humans and nature. 

nordic pavilion venice architecture biennale
‘another generosity’ considers a structure that consists of a membrane holding two basic elements
image © designboom (also main image)

 

 

‘humankind is actively shaping the world today,’ say the curators. ‘the geological impact of human activity is so pronounced that it has changed the behavior of our planet. this is the epoch of the anthropocene. though the anthropocene may appear to mark the moment humans have come to overpower nature, it is also an opportunity to rethink the most fundamental relationship between our buildings and ecology. architecture should be considered a tool for redefining the complete cycle of building, from its most basic components to its operating systems.’

nordic pavilion venice architecture biennale
each membrane holds two basic elements: air and water
image © designboom

 

 

‘another generosity’ considers a structure that consists of a membrane holding two basic elements: air and water. the simple structures are combined to create a visible and dynamic cellular structure. mediating between the natural and built environment, the inflated elements respond to external and sometimes unseen stimuli, creating a new kind of experience, a momentary hesitation and greater awareness of our surroundings. see designboom’s ongoing coverage from the 2018 venice architecture biennale here.

nordic pavilion venice architecture biennale
the simple structures are combined to create a visible and dynamic cellular structure
image © designboom


image © sergio grazia


image © sergio grazia


image © sergio grazia


image © sergio grazia


image © designboom


image © designboom


image © designboom


image © sergio grazia

nordic pavilion venice architecture biennale
image © designboom

 

 

project info:

 

commissioners: juulia kauste (until 04.04.2018), reetta heiskanen/museum of finnish architecture, nina berre/norwegian national museum of art, architecture and design, kieran long/ArkDes
curators: eero lundén and juulia kauste
organized by: museum of finnish architecture; norwegian national museum of art, architecture and design; ArkDes
collaborators: exhibition design by lund & architecture company in collaboration with burohappold engineering, and aalto university, fabrication by pneumocell
supporters: the exhibition is supported by the ministry of education and culture/finland and the ministry of foreign affairs/norway 

 

venice architecture biennale golden lion

designboom’s coverage of the 2018 venice architecture biennale is in partnership with leading energy company edison. edison is taking part in the 16th international architecture exhibition of la biennale di venezia by initiating a path towards sustainability and the efficient use of resources. the collaboration between edison and la biennale is based on awareness that energy is one of the fundamental elements of architecture and of the places, spaces and cities of contemporary life.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news