Archdaily “Building of the Year” nominates Casa Platform Venezia exhibition
SET Architects‘ design for Casa PLATFORM Venezia has been nominated for Archdaily 2022’s Building of the Year award. The Casa Platform exhibition project is inspired by the façade of the Procuratie, the three connected buildings located along the perimeter of St Mark’s Square. The sumptuous buildings were once home to the Procurators of St Mark’s, the most prestigious life office in the Republic of Venice after the Doge. The project is designed to be placed inside the Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Venice during the 17th Architecture Biennale, an edition dedicated to spaces designed to be shared.
The entire project is based on the use of two elements: A modular metal frame structure and a white canvas system on which the 140 projects to be exhibited are printed. The project strategy was centred on the idea of inserting a light and ethereal object inside a historical building with a strong architectural identity. The height of the installation reflects the height of the base of the existing columns, creating a direct relationship with the context, between the heaviness of the stone and the lightness of the exhibition structure. In order to guarantee the internal circulation of the building, the installation creates interruptions at the stairs and escape routes through the use of suspended structures that guarantee the unity of the architectural object.
The key theme of the project is seriality. The large number of projects to be exhibited is emphasised by the repetition of elements with a rhythm capable of bringing the installation into an abstract dimension. The positioning of the installation in the centre of the two side bays allows the projects to be displayed on both sides, generating a fluid and dynamic circulation.
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