studiobird present futuristic sarcophagus coffin at the venice architecture biennale studiobird present futuristic sarcophagus coffin at the venice architecture biennale
aug 22, 2016

studiobird present futuristic sarcophagus coffin at the venice architecture biennale


studiobird has developed a futuristic ‘sarcophagus’ that alters its appearance in response to its environment. first presented on the edge of blairgowrie back beach, australia, the installation was occupied by performance artist lilian steiner, who was filmed inside the coffin entering a meditative state. the project has since been presented at the venice architecture biennale 2016, inviting audiences to experience an immersive environment of simulated sleep-states.

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blairgowrie back beach, australia




the multidimensional architectural installation was developed by studiobird to challenge the behavioural concerns surrounding the idea of a coffin-like space. a meditative enclosure was introduced, allowing participants to find comfort within an unconventional place of rest. the interior has been filled with abstract cinematic, sound and imagery, allowing one to lay still and enjoy a personal and perspective shaping experience.


the ‘sarcophagus’ is on display at the venice architecture biennale 2016 from may until november.

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the space presents a meditative enclosure

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asleep inside the protection of ‘sarcophagus’

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‘sarcophagus’ transforms inside a baroque palazzo in venice, italy 

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the installation at the venice architecture biennale, palazzo mora

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a participant inside the ‘sarcophagus’

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materials include laser cut brushed aluminum, murno glass, grinder discs, mirror discs, brass fixtures 

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the interior is a meditative space

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designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


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