The China Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Exhibition 2014 explores the correlation between space and content. The exhibition space is arranged with a fractal "longitude" and "latitude" based on Chinese dimensional models. The content provides a timeline of China's one hundred years of architectural thinking, while space presents an implicit theme of Vi Xiang (imagery-scape) through the history of Chinese architecture. The China Pavilion dissolves forms into imagery and absorbs modern programs into the traditional Chinese perspective.
Supermarket sweep… the Latvian pavilion which has been transformed into a minimart.
This contribution brings a little levity to the long trek through the halls of the Arsenale.
Choice as the basis of architectural process, the pop aesthetics emphasizing the languages of consumption as in Hamilton or Warhol: everything is structured by the dynamics of commerce.
Welcome to T/C Latvija, surely the most instagrammed installation of this edition of the Biennale
Smart? Brilliant? Ironic?
Latvia is reopening the archive boxes once again, reminding us (including the Biennial Presidency) of everything that has already been thought up and invented, and inviting us to place the most urgently needed products in the basket, to combine them with one another, and ultimately consume all the knowledge.
Fun, colourful and thought-provoking, it offers a tongue-in-cheek moment to the Arsenale sequence...