Monday, June 9, 2014

New Zealand's first pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

New Zealand is one of 11 countries presenting inaugural exhibitions at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which opened on 7 June.

Artistic director Rem Koolhaas's theme invites participating nations to reflect on the development of modern architecture since 1914 and the resulting loss of distinctive national characteristics in architecture. But New Zealand commissioner David Mitchell argues that national differentiation in architecture is possible and has curated an exhibition about traditional Maori architecture, identified by Artinfo as one of the 5 rookie pavilions to watch out for. Read more...
Image: detail from the whatarangi (Maori storehouse) in the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale