Australian Pavilion

The Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall have recently designed one of their most ambitious projects called the Australian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale. The appearance of the building is innovative and futuristic as it is very similar to a black granite box. The contrast between the dramatic design of the pavilion and the serene and unspoiled décor of the Venice Giardini is one of the main things that fascinates and turns this project into one of the most spectacular sites in the country.


Giardiani is actually a park intended for architecture and art biennale and it was created in 1895. It is a very peaceful place that hasn’t suffered any major changes in the last decade, since 1995 when Korea building was constructed.


The architectural firm has designed a pavilion that lights up your curiosity and invites you to visit it, but without outshining the art that is exhibited at the inside. The goal was not to cross the line into architectural expression, but to provide a white-box galley that emphasizes the beauty of the pieces presented here.


The 3,600 square foot building features an elegant and modern entrance on the north end side, very easy to access from a main walkway. The shape of the Australian Pavillion is similar to an inverted L which is due to the fact that the architects wanted to place the steel framed 50 foot square galley over a significantly smaller level that was intended for back of house purposes.


Basically, the Australian Pavilion is a white box placed inside a black box. This was the boldest move of the entire project. At the exterior, the building is made mostly of African granite with a very matte and soft finish. When walking through the park, you can see the black enigmatic outside of the pavilion and your curiosity lights up instantly. You want to know if it is an object or a shadow.


The costs of constructing the Australian Pavilion were of $6 million and the funds were mostly privately raised. The structure is innovative from all points of view. Not only it has a futuristic design, but it also has very modern functions. It has 4 large hatches that swing open when you simply press a button, making a connection between the outside and inside. LED screens are hidden behind two of the hatches to function as extensions of video pieces or billboards.


Critics have been impressed by the contemporaneity of its design. The Australian Pavilion is more than a cleverly conceived container. It is the symbol for the symbiotic relationship between art and architecture. One is meant to highlight the other and vice versa. When ambitious and revolutionary design ideas are applied, a building ass enigmatic, innovative and spectacular as the Australian Pavilion takes shape.

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