Kvadrat is proud to support Sauerbruch Hutton and Kéré Architectureduring during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Enclosed by a timber structure, the installation Oxymoron by acclaimed architectural studio Sauerbruch Hutton is wedged in between the monumental columns of the Corderie in Arsenale, radiating a seductive colourful glow of interweaving shapes countering, countering its strict geometric frame.

70 singularly engineered trapeze free form Kvadrat Soft Cells panels make up the intricate pattern, that capsules the structure, and are visible from both sides. Once inside, the colour treatment seems to explode the physical confines and large black and white photographs below similarly appear to expand the space.

The installation condenses the architectural themes of Sauerbruch Hutton’s M9 Museum District in Venice-Mestre on a stretch of land that was formerly occupied by military institutions. Comprising seven buildings such as a converted 16th century convent, a 1970s office structure and a new museum for the history of the 20th century in Italy, the M9 Museum District is an agent of urban renewal and an example of how Sauerbruch Hutton’s architecture provides amenity and specific atmospheres.

Oxymoron by Sauerbruch Hutton

Corderie dell’Arsenale
30122 Venice


With their pavilion Zoí, situated in the Artiglierie dell’Arsenale, Berlin-based Kéré Architecture examines the possible human reactions to a space open to free and unplanned uses in an architectural context.

Six triangular modules make up Zoí’s structure, which can be assembled in infinite configurations to adapt to infinite uses depending on its location and on the needs of its inhabitants.

Taking their cue from the refugee camps, where every primary need is covered with standardised solutions, Kéré Architecture identifies these as places in need of unexpected freespaces for improvisation and creativity, and titles their installation Zoí, derived from the Greek word for ’life’ or ’existence’.

With its textile clad base, soft walls and canopy using 68m of vibrant Kvadrat fabrics, Zoí is a non-prescriptive space, that welcomes any reaction; its dimensions are variable and aim at bringing back human dimensions in places where scale and proportions are estranging. Its soft structure doesn’t insulate from weather elements, but symbolically protects and shelters its inhabitants; walls can be lowered on one side of every module in order to create spaces with different degrees of intimacy; its threshold is not an enclosure but an inviting seating.

Zoí by Kéré Architecture
Artiglierie dell’ Arsenale
30122 Venice


26 May – 25 November 2018

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