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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Nordic Countries pavilion

Place: Venice, Country: Italy
Curators: David Basulto + James Taylor-Foster
Commissioners: ArkDes (Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design), Stockholm; Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; National Museum’s Department of Architecture, Oslo
Exhibition Design: Marge Arkitekter
Graphic Design: MPVK and Lisa Olausson
Text by Federica Lusiardi
Photos: see credit lines


In Therapy, Nordic Countries Pavilion, installation view, photo © Inexhibit, 2016

In therapy. Nordic Countries face to face
Nordic Pavilion: Finland, Norway and Sweden at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

For the exhibition, the Nordic Countries pavilion, transformed into an arena for debates and talks focused on contemporary Scandinavian architecture, is almost entirely filled by a large timber stepped terrace, built around the five trees which stand in the middle of the pavilion designed by Sverre Fehn in the early Sixties.


The Nordic Countries Pavilion, exterior view, photo © Inexhibit, 2016

Nordic Countries exhibition 15th Venice Architecture Biennale Inexhibit 01

Photo © Inexhibit, 2016

David Basulto, curator of the pavilion together with James Taylor-Foster, says “(the exhibition) positions Finland, Norway and Sweden—three countries with distinct histories, cultures and attitudes to design—face to face in the context of the compressed world of the giardini (the location of the Nordic Pavilion in Venice), interrogating perceptions and preconceptions of Nordic architecture by openly addressing its built manifestation as directly as possible”.




Nordic Countries exhibition 15th Venice Architecture Biennale Inexhibit 07

Nordic Countries exhibition 15th Venice Architecture Biennale Inexhibit 08


In Therapy, installation views, photos © Inexhibit, 2016

The 300 project on view, presented on takeaway cards, were selected among 500 submissions received between late 2015 and early 2016; nine among these projects will be examined in-depth and discussed during the Biennale.

– Puukuokka Housing Block /OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture (Jyväskylä, Finland)

– Prison /HLM Arkitektur + Erik Møller Architects (Halden, Norway)

– Råå Daycare Center/ Dorte Mandrup. (Kustgaten, Sweden)

– City Library / JKMM Architects (Seinäjoki, Finland)

– Performing Arts Centre “KILDEN” / ALA Architects (Kristiansand, Norway)

– New Crematorium / Johan Celsing Architects (Stockholm, Sweden)

– The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (Haltia, Finland)

– The National Tourist Route Trollstigen, Reiulf Ramstad Architects (Trollstigen, Norway)

– The Tree Hotel, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter (Harads, Sweden)


Råå Daycare Center, Dorte Mandrup. Photo: Adam Mørk


The National Tourist Route Trollstigen, Reiulf Ramstad Architects. Foto: Diephotodesigner.de


Tree Hotel / Tham & Videgård (Harads, Svezia) Foto:Åke E:son Lindman

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