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Must See in Venice Bienalle 2016


ARSENALE (except for certain Mondays, from 10am to 8pm)


Makoko Floating School / NLE

Experience the ingenuity of the design, as well as to see and feel how it has responded to a unique programmatic challenge.


Introductory Room / ELEMENTAL

The recycling of 10,000m2 of plaster board and 14km of metal has set the stage for the process that Aravena, alongside his team from ELEMENTAL, hope to highlight in the exhibition itself: ingenuity and industriousness.


Peru Pavilion: Our Amazon Frontline in theSandra Barclay & Jean Pierre Crousse

This unexpectedly emotional, educational exhibit presents work that combats poverty hand in hand with the preservation of Amazonian flora.

Irish Pavilion: Losing Myself / Níall McLaughlin, Yeoryia Manolopoulou

The fragmentary experience of architecture that is familiar to dementia sufferers – using a grid of suspended projector screens and audio speakers


The Thailand Pavilion: The Class of 6.3: Rebuilding Nine Schools after the 2014 Chiang Rai Earthquake

Suspending hundreds of wooden buildings that are attached to a spring-loaded plywood floor. This produces a chilling, quaking effect that provides the underlay for the nine projects. The earthquake-proof educations facilities are models above the sea of shaking buildings.



(except for certain Mondays, from 10am to 6pm)



Central Pavilion Mezzanine / Aires Mateus


Masonry arch / Solano Benítez/gabinete de arquitectura

A spectacular start to the Central Pavilion, this brick structure hovers over visitors, giving a beautiful form to what Aravena calls “scarcity.”


The Evidence Room / Anne Bordeleau, Sascha Hastings, Donald McKay & Robert Jan van Pelt

Central to the proceedings were the forensic interpretation of the architectural evidence of Auschwitz and the expert witness testimony by Robert Jan van Pelt.


Breaking the Siege / Gabinete de Arquitectura [Golden Lion]

Structure built from brick and cement appears to defy gravity while amplifing the power and meaning of these deceptively humble materials.

Nordic Pavilion : In Therapy / David Basulto & James Taylor Foster

In both built and conceptual form, this exhibition playfully asks some profound and necessary questions: among them, how architecture can occupy a legacy while still making progress – a matter of particular importance in the Nordic Countries (Finland, Norway and Sweden) at this moment.


Venezuelan Pavilion / Miguel Braceli, Rolando Carmona, Marcos Coronel, Alejandro Haiek, José Naza Rodríguez, Maximillian Nowotka, Gabriel Visconti

This Pavilion responds well to Aravena’s call—Reporting From the Front—by showing how a young generation of Latin American architects are basing their architecture on collective work and community management. It also provides the opportunity to revisit the only pavilion designed by Carlo Scarpa, whose building for the Venezuelan Pavilion has for many years been closed for renovations.


Australian Pavilion / Amelia Holliday, Isabelle Toland & Michelle Tabet

The way in which the artistic directors of Australia’s Pavilion—only its second in its new "black box" home—have chosen to present a culturally significant aspect of urban

design creates an immersive, sensory exhibition.


British Pavilion : Home Economics / Jack Self, Shumi Bose & Finn Williams

The curators display a powerful statement of what "Home" is today, presented as a carefully designed and holistic exhibition.


Spanish Pavilion : Unfinished / Iñaqui Carnicero & Carlos Quintáns [Golden Lion]

The installation itself reflects upon this period of crisis, employing simple and carefully designed elements to display architectural projects in which Spanish architects have had to "do more with less."

Russian PavilioV.D.N.H Urban Phenomenon  

It is a performance that has lasted for decades, displaying the evolution and pride of Soviet power. Now that Moscow City government has taken over its administration, their "front" is how they might transform a vast Soviet theme-park into a lasting piece of urban legacy.



Swiss Pavilion: Incidental Space / Sandra Oehy, Christian Kerez

Designed to offer visitors a "pure encounter with architecture", the project showcases the potential of combining traditional architectural crafts with digital technologies.


Japan pavilion: Art of Nexus / Yoshiyuki Yamana

Centred on the relationship between architecture and unemployment in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, it presents a series of projects that show how the country's architects and communities are becoming more focused on sharing.


Polish Pavilion: Fair Building / Dominika Janicka, Martyna Janicka, Michał Gdak

Scaffolding structure inside Poland's Biennale pavilion, which focuses on the plight of the construction worker.


Danish Pavilion: Art of Many – The Right to Space / Boris Brorman Jensen, Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss

Fans of architectural models will find no better hangout than Denmark's pavilion, which is full of small-scale examples of the country's most impressive buildings from the last 15 years.


Portuguese PavilionNeighborhood: Siza Meets Aldo in the / Roberto Cremascoli & Nuno Grande

 The Portuguese contribution to this year’s Biennale is located outside of both the Giardini and the Arsenale – the exhibition begins, therefore, with the journey of arriving to and accessing the Pavilion which can only be done by walking through Alvaro Siza’s Campo di Marte (1985).



Baltic Pavilion: The Baltic Atlas / Kārlis Bērziņš, Jurga Daubaraitė, Petras Išora, Ona Lozuraitytė, Niklāvs Paegle, Dagnija Smilga, Johan Tali, Laila Zariņa, Jonas Žukauskas

Explores the impact of redeveloping the region's Soviet-era infrastructure.


Palazzo Malipiero, San Marco 3079

Montenegro Pavilion: Project Solana Ulcinj / Bart Lootsma, Katherina Weinberger

As one of the most popular exhibitions outside the two main Biennale venues, Montenegro's national pavilion explores four future proposals for Solana – an artificial landscape that is home to over 250 bird species, including the Greater Flamingo and the rare Dalmatian Pelican.


Palazzo Franchetti

Zaha Hadid Retrospective


Peggy Guggenheim Collection

 explores the impact of redeveloping the region's Soviet-era infrastructure.explores the impact of redeveloping the region's Soviet-era infrastructure.