LIGHT HOUSES: ON THE NORDIC COMMON GROUND
FINLAND, NORWAY AND SWEDEN, NORDIC PAVILION
“COMMON GROUND” 13. MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE DI ARCHITETTURA
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, 29 AUGUST – 25 NOVEMBER, 2012
The exhibition celebrates the jubilee of the Nordic Pavilion designed fifty years ago by Sverre Fehn. Thirty-two architects born after 1962, the year the pavilion was designed have been invited to create a model of a conceptual “house” that reflects their personal philosophy of architecture. The exhibition also highlights topical social and environmental themes, looking at the sobering economic constraints and diminishing environmental resources that challenge architects from all over the world in their efforts to achieve maximum quality in their designs. Contemporary Nordic architectural culture offers both exemplary approaches and significant constructed works addressing these most challenging circumstances of our time. The classic hallmarks of Nordic architecture – simplified form, frugal use of materials and sensitive treatment of daylight and the natural setting – embody the basic principles of responsible, sustainable architecture.
The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is Sverre Fehn’s distilled, elegant version of a Nordic “house” – a design evoking sensations of light, material, structure, space, nature and atmosphere. It embodies what might be called a metaphysical “house of the North”, one of specific primary architectural images, elements and details. The Nordic Pavilion is a physical and metaphorical “common ground” for Finland, Sweden and Norway.
Visitors will encounter an exhibition that can be viewed nowhere else, and in no other format. The works have been commissioned specifically for the Venice venue from Nordic architects new and established, urban and rural, less-renowned and widely celebrated. The exhibits are displayed as installations, forming a “chorus” of contemporary Nordic architecture in polyphonic dialogue with Fehn’s iconic pavilion. The exhibits are mounted on pedestals designed by Professor Juhani Pallasmaa, Fehn’s colleague and personal friend.
The exhibition process has been a means of developing not only 32 site-specific projects for the pavillion, but also of developing "common grounds" of discussion and criticue among the participating architect, though a series of workshop meetings held in May and June at collaborating museum institutions. The exhibition aims to be more phenomenal and direct,rather than virtual and distant. The adjecencies between the 32 projects will be as stimulating as the projects themselves.
The show is curated by Professor Peter MacKeith and organised by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in collaboration with The Swedish Museum of Architecture and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Norway).
The show is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland, The Nordic Culture Fund, the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway.
The exhibition is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.
Explore the exhibition http://www.mfa.fi/lighthouses
The New Forms in Wood Exhibition in the Finnish Pavilion is also produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture.
COMMISSIONER Juulia Kauste
CURATOR Peter MacKeith
The Swedish Museum of Architecture
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Norway)
Anttinen Oiva Architects
Avanto Architects Ltd
Lundén Wikar Österlund
Hollmen Reuter Sandman Architects
K2S Architects Ltd
Lassila Hirvilammi architects
NOW (Toivonen Tsuboi)
Sanaksenaho Architects Ltd
Brendeland og Kristoffersen Arkitekter AS
Fantastic Norway AS
Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Arkitektstudio Widjedal Racki AB
In Praise of Shadows Arkitektur AB
Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects
Marge Arkitekter AB
Nordmark & Nordmark arkitekter AB
petra gipp arkitektur AB
Tham & Videgård
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