venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio
venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio
aug 13, 2010

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio

‘balancing act’ by ensamble studio at the arsenal building in venice, italy all images courtesy of ensamble studio




as part of this year’s venice architecture biennale, spanish practice ensamble studio has created ‘balancing act’, an installation to be showcased at the arsenal building. consisting of two giant beams, a spring and a rock, the project is a play of balance. negotiating between the old structural columns of the building, the two lines created  by the installation draw a diagonal incision through the space. the result is a new order, a new rhythm to the ‘tempo’ already established by the existing columns. this foreign composition creates tension and friction, offering a new and disturbing reading of the space. the predominantly horizontal structure affects the verticality of the room, breaking its scale  and introducing a new element to the arsenal building.

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio rendering of ‘balancing act’




‘we have understood the whole arsenale as a theme of multiple counterpoint, where after the appearance of the original space, different voices occur around that theme, developed and carried in intervals, creating a complex compositional sequence, an architectural ”fugue”, in which different spaces follow one another, and in which the dissonant balance of the ‘balancing act’ is just one chord.’ -ensamble studio

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio layout of the beams

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio placement of the elements

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio load-bearing diagram

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio elevation and dimensions

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: ensamble studio spring detail

  • what is the point in making huge beams where you can use thin non-structural walls??
    But the beam company should be very happy…

    jodeteanton says:
  • it’s art and it’s nice

    yes says:

    Wuki says:
  • do you think this is art?? You work for him, don’t you??
    He made it once, he has become famous for it and now he needs to do it everytime

    crap says:

    OF COURSE says:
  • Ensambles work references of the horizon, the physical limits. They play a game with heavy structures placed in an apparently unstable balance, and provoke gravity to move the space. And in this way they define space.
    enjoy this video
    [url=] hemeroscopium house [/url]

    Timo says:
  • like it

    Mohnali says:
  • Équilibre
    Concept architectural suggestif:
    L’expression abstraite et contradictoire d’une spatialité statique évoquant un mouvement tout en musique.
    Ceci n’est pas une exposition d’objet, mais une exposition d’idée.

    richard mitri says:
  • difficult to understand

    Deepak says:
  • I think an installation like this is hard to translate in the 2D. I understand, conceptually, what it is trying to accomplish but its intended audience is not one that sits behind a computer.

    boxy says:
  • I love it.

    C.S.M says:
  • Subtle and sensitive. I would love to see this one in person.

    peter crisanti says:
  • Very funny, especially huge piece of rock.

    Archerxxx says:
  • relax guys..were not a real beams,, those were fake,

    venecia says:

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