romanian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010
romanian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 romanian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010
sep 13, 2010

romanian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010

‘1:1’, the romanian pavilion, at the 12th international architecture biennale in venice, italy image © designboom

‘1:1’, this this year’s official romanian pavilion at la biennale di venezia explores the very essence of space by designing an inhabitable object that defines–almost violently–two different worlds: the first being the communal, exterior, profane, public, tense, dense, and real; the second, having characteristics of the individual, interior, sacral, private, calm, rarefied, and abstract.

(left and right) exterior shots images © designboom

the pavilion is a room within a room: a subtly skewed box dominates the interior of the exhibition space, constructed out of panels of wood and washed, both inside and out, with white paint. with a surface area of exactly 94.443 m2, this abstract object represents the demographic density in the city of bucharest and illustrates both the situation of the individual and a collective state. the structure can be entered, one by one, through a door on one side. the interior lacks any form of opening with the exception of two small puncture holes on either ends and a larger disc form carved out of the ceiling. upon entering, the individual experiences a space that is controlled and profoundly personal.

interior view image © designboom

the second word–the exterior–is circumscribed by the space between the built object and the room. this narrow chasm, shared by all the visitors of the pavilion at once, defines a space which is variable, dynamic, disquieting, and chaotic. by traversing this area before entering the structure, there is tension and communication between the two worlds through the three apertures.

‘1:1’ aims to highlight the importance of architecture as a generator of space by re-establishing the notion of a direct link between the individual, space and architecture.

visitor experiencing the interior, observed through one of the aperture on the side wall images © designboom

interior view image © designboom

the two small holes on either end of the structure image © designboom

looking up through the ceiling aperture image © designboom

diagram and dimension of exhibition

(top left) the city, bucharest – the area, 215 987 000 m2 (top right) the collective – population, 2 288 000 (bottom left) the individual – density, 94.4 m2 / person (bottom right) exhibiting the space – scale, 1:1

(left and right) images of the model

construction shots image courtesy 1:1 team

full credits:

general commissioner: monica morariu, ministry of culture and national heritage, romania deputy commssioner: alexndru damian, ioan lucacel curator: tudor vlasceanu project team: romina grillo, ciprian rasoiu, liviu vasiu, matei vlasceanu, tudor vlasceanu illustrations: dan perjovschi structure: dragos marcu construction: art-deco, atelier rd

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