Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Spanish Pavilion IX Venice Architecture Biennial in Venice, Italy by Arquitectos Ayala
May 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Arquitectos Ayala
In Venice, right to the entrance of the Giardini is the Spanish pavilion of the Biennial. Without prejudice to more thorough interventions later, the pavilion façade –and the pavilion as a whole for that matter- urgently needed to present an image befitting a country emerging strongly in the heart of Europe.
The slats make us believe in an open, transparent, contemporary modern building, through the use of spotlights that brighten up the dark brick and the ivy on it, witnesses of years spent in solitude, of closure between Biennales.The pavilion is conceived as an enormous treasure chest. The central space was walled with deep red metal sheet.
It floats on a black lacquered glass sheet, placed over the floor, that is meant to be like a pool of water reflecting the walls, figures, stats, and models as if they were elements suspended in the air. Light is filtered in such a way that it slides on the red walls and bounces off on the glass. A fissure along the perimeter of this main hall reinforces its assertion as an independent space.
Entry into the exhibition is through a raised platform. One has a view of the contents of the central hall but cannot access it directly. Completely dark, it is penetrated by a brightly lit tunnel of slats that gives one a view of the figures of other visitors, almost like ghostly shadows of puppets. The feeling is like being behind a large blind.
The visitor will be attracted to the spectacle of this scenographic intervention, and from there feel like going through the displays at length, the panels and models that reveal the finest Spanish architecture, all subjected to a very rigorous selection process, with all the responsibility this entails.
Outside, all along the perimeter, the wooden floorcombines with dense vegetation to create a place in which to stop and rest or stroll leisurely, to take a break from the agora that the interior of the Spanish Pavilion will be once it opens. Here, too, one can have a drink or beverage and chat with Spanish and foreign architects about the past and future of our profession.
When the Biennal finished the pavilion was dismantled, even the faÇade. We guard the memory, the project and even the pictures taken. The advantage is that the passing of time cannot make old what does no longer exist, and the image will stay intact, right as we saw it in Venice.
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