‘borderline’, the hungary pavilion at the 12th international architecture biennale in venice, italy all images courtesy the ministry of national resources of hungary image © tamás bujnovszky

as part of this year’s international architecture biennale in venice, italy, the hungary pavilion explores the simplest and most fundamental act of the architect: drawing. ‘borderline‘ defines the line as the origin of the architectural idea as opposed to the house or space. using the almost exclusively two-dimensional element as a focal point, the project utilizes nearly one hundred kilometres of thread to physically illustrate how lines are translated into architecture.

curated by two young hungarian architects, andor wesselényi-garay and marcel ferencz, ‘borderline’ uses thin taut ropes as an analogy for the line. by arranging them in groups and clusters, they become visual references to columns, creating not a definite space but more a spatial diagram of the process whereby the first gestures committed to paper evolve into a building. the installation is an interactive element, being continuously shaped and moved by the people walking in and through it. projected through the installation medium and on to the walls are ‘drawing interviews’ that the team conducted with 40 foreign and hungarian architects. not only do the videos verify the basic proposition of the exhibition (that architects still draw), they offer a voyeuristic look into the very personal and idiosyncratic act of sketching an idea.

to go with this year’s biennale theme, ‘people meet in architecture’, the pavilion aimed to encompass a wide community in its making: thirty thousand pencils were collected from schools all over the country and hung on the ends of the ropes to serve as mementos of individuals, gestures and drawings. both hungarian and foreign architects were involved with the video project, building on the notion that the act of drawing is the common denominator of the work of all architects.

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion vasa perovic image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion tony fretton image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion peter schweger image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion tina gregoric and aljosa dekleva image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion christin jabornegg sketching in his office image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion ekler dezsõ drawing image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion wolf d. prix sketching image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion répás ferenc image © tamás bujnovszky

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion rendered bird’s eye view

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion rendered exhibition set up

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion exhibition space

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion projection wall

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion ‘clouds’ of pencils in exhibition space

venice architecture biennale 2010 preview: hungary pavilion exhibition entrance