venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion
venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion
aug 30, 2012

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion

‘i-city’ curated by sergei tchoban for the russian pavilion at the 2012 architecture biennale in venice image © designboomvenice  2012 architecture biennale: day four – live!

curator and architect sergei tchoban (along with partner sergei kuznetsov) of SPEECH techoban / kuznetsov  have designed the russian pavilion for the 2012 architecture biennale. divided into two parts, ‘i-city’ and ‘i-land‘ address russia’s past and future in a highly interactive experience.

‘i-city,’ in the upstairs level, consists of three rooms with a grid of QR codes wrapping the walls, floors and ceilings. shelves of tablet PC’s greet visitors which convert them into scientists and explorers, left free to roam the halls using their tool to take pictures of the codes and discover information about the skolkovo project, a new city which promotes architectural and technological innovations in russian urbanism. the tiled skin of the interior creates a texture, filling the spaces with varying levels of light in a surreal futuristic environment. the potential of information is present, but must be found by the individual and pieced together, where the big picture is not immediately obvious but rather uncovered.

visitors are given a tablet when they enter, which they can point at any particular code. they all translate into information on skolkovo – the future science city just outside moscow. skolkovo is one of the largest, most innovative russian projects of today and has been worked on by many international architects, including biennale director david chipperfield; AREP; SPEECH tchoban/kuznetsov; valode& pistre; mohsen mostafavi; OMA; SANAA; herzog& de meuron; stefano boeri architetti; project MEGANOM; MDP/michel desvigne paysagiste; BERNASKONI architecture bureau.

video by vernissage TV

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion welcome to the russian pavilion – scanning the codes reveals informationimage © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion image © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion image © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion QR dome and skylight image © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion pritzker prize winner wang shu inside the russian pavilion image © designboomvenice biennale 2012: russian pavilion image © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion image © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion image © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion lit code panels create an ambiance as well as highlight certain information image © designboom

venice biennale 2012: russian pavilion tablet docking station image © designboom

project info:

curator: sergei tchoban deputy curators: sergey kuznetsov, valeria kashirina exhibition design: SPEECH tchoban & kuznetsov (sergei tchoban, sergey kuznetsov, marina kuznetskaya, agniya sterligova, kirill zaev, elena petukhova) application developer: treelev LLC (konstantin chernozatonskiy, pavel shlyapnikov, andrey mishanin, maxim raykhrud, alexander bonel, ekaterina laretina) exhibition realization: velko2000 (igor chichikov), ST facade (irina yerokh, daria popova, mara peyrot, federico belletti, fabrizio ceresole), studio MEW (odine manfroni), flexlite (filippo lazzarini) commissioner: grigory revzin with the support of: skolkovov foundation exhibitors: AREP, SPEECH tchoban & kuznetsov, david chipperfield architects, valode & pistre, mohsen mostafavi, OMA, SANAA, herzog & de meuron, stefano boeri architetti, project MEGANOM, MDP / michel desvigne paysagiste, BERNASKONI architecture bureau

  • It seems like the “technology” part of all of this is driving the implementation. The content, so far, on nearly everything I’ve seen (this and other AR and interactive “experiences”) falls flat. Seems as if the tech guys are the ones designing the whole experience, and they get really excited about handing out tablets and scanning a code. But I don’t think they realize that it is the not technology that interests people; it is the content that the technology allows that we find interesting. C’mon, a shared public experience in which everybody stands around staring at their tablet, with little if no interaction among visitors? It sort of felt like sitting at a lunch table with a bunch of texting teens.

    When you watch the video, notice that all of this expense and tech — to get the weather in Moscow?? Everybody can already do that on the phone in about 3 seconds.

    For those of us who actually design content-rich experiences, we’ve got a lot to do.

  • Iheartincubus: Canon EF 100-400

  • I’m interested in the information on those unreachable codes just by skylight there. Ah, secret russian knowledge, at it again

  • I love the pavillion. Very striking. On a side note: I didn\’t realize Samsung even copied Apple\’s proprietary 30-pin connector. Jeez, guys, that things not even worth ripping off.

  • Teleportation vehicle…outstanding…kudos

  • they were samsung tablet

  • nice commercial for Ipad!! ;(

    Fra Ro
  • Sign outside door: “Synthetic drugs not required. Time limit – 5 minutes.” Very cool.

    Jim C.

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