VENICE BIENNALE | Top Three Pavilions

Out of the 61 pavilions on show this year, we have selected our three favourite. So if you are to visit Venice in a flash, here is our picks from the Biennale.

The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale is curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. The theme of his exhibition, Reporting From The Front, aims to shine a light on global issues that architects have the power to influence or solve.

The national participants were encouraged to also explore this theme in their pavilions. This topic gave a conceptual depth to the pavilions that goes beyond the obvious aesthetic impact.

Swiss Pavilion: Incidential Space

The Swiss pavilion was the most impressive spectacle in this year's biennale. Designed to offer visitors a "pure encounter with architecture", the project showcases the potential of combining traditional architectural crafts with digital technologies.

Baltic Pavilion: The Baltic Atlas

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have united for the first time at the Biennale to present the Baltic Pavilion, which explores the impact of redeveloping the region's Soviet-era infrastructure.

The works of more than 70 architects, scientists, geologists, anthropologists and philosophers are presented across both the main arena and the tiered seating areas of a Brutalist sports hall, beneath a white canopy intended to create an "artificial sky".

British pavilion: Home Economics


Perhaps the least impressive of the three, but this year's British pavilion exposes a very interesting topic on how we live our homes. It is a call for architects to look beyond standard residential typologies, and to instead develop new financial models for housing.   

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