ARCHTRIUMPH VENICE BIENNALE PAVILION 2013 COMPETITION WINNERS



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Official result:

1ST Leo Sooseok Kim (United Kingdom)

2ND Humberto Conde, Filipe Ramalho, Joana Alvarez, Joao Almeida (Portugal)

3RD Andrea Vitti, Cristiano Fadanelli, Maximiliano Ricardo Serrano Taborelli, Juan Miguel Sanchez Gonzalez (Italy)


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“What is the first image of Venice? Many people only imagine the floating city itself. Someone thinks of archaic buildings and canals through the city. By the way, Venice has many historical stories that is going on till now.


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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe saw the sea for the first time in his life at Venice. Especially, he glorified the mystic atmosphere of Venice several times in his book 'Italian Journey'. He mentioned the fog at Venice as the medium that completes Venice itself.


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At first, we started with the concept of the foggy day. The design intended to imagine the fog. All of this concept, the fog, is based on the ‘Sfumato’: It is a painting technique in which treats the boarder unobviously with similar colors, On the other hands, ‘Sfumare’, the verb of ‘Sfumato’, means that 'Gone with the Fog'.


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To reflect this concept, several slabs were adapted to contain visitors: each slab acts as a space for specific use such as gallery, display, and performances. These slabs are combined together with poles that make people to imagine the poles at the Venice.


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The circulation starts on the ground level at the St. Marco Square. Visitors walk through the bridge between St. Marco square and the pavilion, then they starts their journey from the first level of the pavilion. They can access every direction by using staircases.


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2ND Humberto Conde, Filipe Ramalho, Joana Alvarez, Joao Almeida (Portugal)


The Pavilion functions as a observatory deck: visors can see the scenery of Venice harbor including St. Marco square in every direction without any disturbance visually.


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3RD Andrea Vitti, Cristiano Fadanelli, Maximiliano Ricardo Serrano Taborelli, Juan Miguel Sanchez Gonzalez (Italy)



The other significant point is that pavilion does not disturb the view from St. Marco square toward the open sea. It acts kind of frame that contain and regenerate the new scene of the Venice through it." Leo Sooseok Kim