28th May- 27th November

The Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world for over a century. Constantly searching to be at the forefront of creative thinking in both Art and Architecture, it is no wonder it attracts such a daunting number of visitors. However, in these cooler months as it draws to a close, you will find that it is the perfect time to visit. With fewer people it is easier to take your time and really appreciate the different responses of the national pavilions to the shared theme of- RECORDING FROM THE FRONT. This was born out of a desire to share universal problems and solutions that each country is encountering with its housing crisis. This year you will find 61 pavilions in total, mostly in the Giardini but 20 of these are located in the Aresenale.

One of the great discoveries of learning a new language is when suddenly you are faced with the challenge of explaining simple words, which previously you have never thought twice about.

HOUSE and HOME.

(in my opinion) A House is the structure, the physical four walls in which a person will live, and a home is the place that holds everything we associate with ourself, that we have chosen. Our family, our routine, our animals, plants, bed.

Anyway on the foggy Tuesday morning that I went to visit there were so few people that you feel far from the streets of Venice centre, and even further from the predicted crowds of Biennale during summer. I know for a fact that I definitely did not have a chance to visit all of the Pavillions, however in my opinion (I promise you, an unbiased one) the pavilion of GRAN BRETAGNE is worth visiting for their novel approach to ‘possession’. After that, the talk of the town seems to be the life size swimming pool installation created by the Australian pavilion and the Norwegian Pavilion to me raised many promising ideas for nature within architecture.

Despite entering with my own beliefs, everyone of these was playfully challenged. I left with a new and positive view of the future of housing, and above all a respect for those who are designing the way we will live in trying times.

 

Important to remember:

– The whole Biennale is closed on Mondays.

– The Giardini and Arsenale are two separate areas, and therefore require different tickets, although they can be purchased as a package

– They are both larger than you think, and probably would be better split into two days

– if you are looking for a place nearby to have a rest- see our previous post ‘SERRA DEI GIARDINI’ , where you can have a small bite to eat and enjoy the natural heat of the greenhouse.

 

What do you need to feel at home?