pezo von ellrichshausen installs pavilion of intersecting cylinders at the venice biennale pezo von ellrichshausen installs pavilion of intersecting cylinders at the venice biennale
jun 01, 2016

pezo von ellrichshausen installs pavilion of intersecting cylinders at the venice biennale

 

established in concepción, a city located in southern chile, pezo von ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by mauricio pezo and sofía von ellrichshausen. for the 15th edition of the venice architecture biennale, the firm occupies the giardini with ‘vara’, a pavilion that comprises ten intersecting cylinders. the structure provides visitors with a labyrinth in which to get lost, creating a poetic journey that — according to the architects — ‘animates an open space by deploying the overlap between artistic installations and landscape architecture.’

 

‘vara’ takes its name from an obsolete unit of linear measure, formerly used in latin america, that equals approximately 33 inches, or 84 centimeters. each of the cylinders forms a diameter of this inexact unit, ranging from two to 11. constructed from steel and cement, the green pavilion seeks to expand the notion of domesticity and public space, a theme of many projects at this year’s biennale.

pezo-von-ellrichshausen-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-designboom-013
image courtesy of pezo von ellrichshausen
main image © designboom

 

 

 

measuring 3,500 square feet (325 square meters), the maze-like network remains open to the elements, an architectural gesture that establishes a play of light and shadow within each differently proportioned zone. immersed within the giardini’s natural setting, the color of the pavilion responds to its immediate environment.

 

although we share alejandro (aravena)’s call to position the practice in a battlefront, as a studio involved both in art and architecture, we are not presenting a technical, social or political report, or the so called ‘real problems”, explains sofía von ellrichshausen. ‘we believe that architecture is a problem in itself, alike any other art. architecture, as a form of knowledge, is fundamentally needed to reinforce our own human values and meaning.’

pezo-von-ellrichshausen-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-designboom-014
the pavilion is located within the biennale’s giardini 
image courtesy of pezo von ellrichshausen 

 

 

 

it is not the first time that pezo von ellrichshausen has experimented with circular forms of construction. last year, an exhibition at české budějovice’s gallery of contemporary art presented a series of drawings and a scale-sized model that documented the studio’s ongoing interest in this theme. the project was an open exploration of the capacity of architectural designs, which are ground down by repeating one figure with a broad range of dimensions. scroll down to see images of the model presented in the czech republic.

 

pezo von ellrichshausen’s previous work includes a mine-like pavilion in denver, colorado and a 200 square meter holiday home in catalonia. for more images, follow designboom on our dedicated instagram account @venice.architecture.biennale.

pezo von ellrichshausen vara pavilion venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the maze-like network remains open to the elements
image © designboom

pezo von ellrichshausen vara pavilion venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the interlinking of the volumes results in a labyrinth
image © designboom

pezo von ellrichshausen vara pavilion venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
different apertures give access to the more internal spaces
image © designboom

pezo von ellrichshausen vara pavilion venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the structure invites users to come in and get lost
image © designboom

pezo-von-ellrichshausen-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-designboom-016
a game of shadows is created throughout the day
image courtesy of pezo von ellrichshausen

pezo von ellrichshausen vara pavilion venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the design expands the notion of domesticity and public space
image © designboom

pezo von ellrichshausen vara pavilion venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the architects have sough to create a poetic journey for visitors
image © designboom

pezo von ellrichshausen vara pavilion venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
‘vara’ takes its name from an obsolete unit of linear measure
image © designboom

pezo-von-ellrichshausen-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-designboom-019
view of the cylinders of the 325 square meter pavilion
image courtesy of pezo von ellrichshausen

pezo-von-ellrichshausen-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-designboom-023
vara study, oil on canvas, 120x120cm (47,2×47,2”), 2016
image courtesy of pezo von ellrichshausen

 

Save

    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