British Pavillion 8th Venice Biennale
Location: Venice, Italy
Client: British Council
FOA Partner in charge: Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi
Project Architect: Friedrich Ludewich
Design Team: Niccolo Cadeo, Nerea Calvillo, Marco Guarnieri, Clara Joerger, Ann Kathrin Kirschner, Kenichi Matsuzawa, Francesco Moncada
Commissioner for the British Pavilion: Andrea Rose
Deputy Commissioners: Emily Campbell, Brendan Griggs
Curator: Ruth Ur
Assistant Curator: Alison Moloney
Executive Arts: Luisa Trabucchi
Arts Assistant: Marina Machelli
Visual Arts Press Officer: Sarah Gillett
Technical Team: Tony Connor, Chris Hands
Sponsored by NEC Projectors UK
To bring the Venice Biennale of Architecture in line with the Venice Biennale of Art, the British Council in 2002 decided to select just one practice to be represented within the Pavilion. Foreign Office Architects were chosen to present a site-specific installation in the British pavilion. The theme of that year’s international exhibition was Next, curated by Dejan Sudjic, British architecture critic and editor.
In the light of the general theme of the Venice Biennale, we used our Yokohama International Port Terminal project as one of the projects that embraced some of the emerging questions in the field at the time, and to illustrate and discuss their architectural potential.
FOA transformed the British pavilion into a dark labyrinthine space in which the visitor moved through a sequence of rooms, each dedicated to a different aspect of the project: Landscape; Borderlessness; Growth; Complexity; Tools & Technology. In the heart of the exhibition was a room with images revealing the Yokohama Terminal itself. Using state-of-the-art projectors, FOA created a spectacular virtual and immersive space.