venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: berger&berger
venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: berger&berger venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: berger&berger
aug 16, 2010

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: berger&berger

‘ça va, a prefabricated movie theater’ by berger&berger all images courtesy of bergerberger photographer: guillaume ziccarelli

as part of the 12th international architecture biennale in venice, french duo cyrille berger and laurent p. berger of berger&berger will exhibit ‘ça va (a prefabricated movie theatre)’ at the arsenale. the installation plays with the effects of dissolving the architectural object into a fictional system while simultaneously exploring models of representation found in the cinema, the theatre auditorium, and the museum gallery.‘with this project we assert the autonomy of the object’s own architecture, as being more than just a link, or an interface between the spectator and the projected works. rather, imposes itself as a pure presence: that of a visual and acoustic environment. it is a solid piece of architecture, and creates a new interior environment formed through the transformation of existing acoustic effects in basic theatre design. the piece is an architectural structure that operates through the definition of an interior space, as it modifies the exterior.’ -berger&berger

exterior view

capable of seating an audience of 80, the theatre’s morphology obeys the rules and physical deformations of acoustic composition. the design avoids putting two partitions parallel to one another, resulting in a fragmented, crystallized form with characteristics similar to a primitive cave. constructed from alucobond sheets (an aluminum sandwich with a polymer core), the plates are grooved for folding, then bolted together.

dimly lit with carefully placed strips of light, the faceted faces on the interior reflect varied shades of blue, providing a graphically dynamic backdrop to the projected screen. created by invited artists, the selected works of film, video and sound installation will not necessarily focus on a common ‘theme’ but offer ‘moments’ ranging from the notion of space, of fictional narrative, of architecture and temporality.


interior view





seam detail

wire frame

site plan

site section

(top) section (bottom) side elevation

(top) section (bottom) back elevation

floor plan

roof plan

  • i know these guys are not formalists, so i wouldn’t expect them to have the most resolved form, but i think the goal of creating a “pure presence” is not achieved, because the architectural object is too recognizable. what i mean is, we see very clearly that this is a theater with stadium seating. when there is a visual bother, it becomes impossible to attain a “pure presence.” im not sure what the curator sought in this commission.

    gaque says:
  • I think the transparency of the seating was exactly the point: it looks like a theater because it IS a theater. If it didn’t resemble what it was, there would be no consistency or coherency between the architectural object and its program.

    tictactoe says:

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