The Nordic Pavillion Exhibition

The elements of the installation are huge inflatable blobs that can be filled with both water and air depending on external stimuli, and slowly expand and contract in response to the changing environmental conditions. The exhibition “Another Generosity” by the curators Juulia Kauste and Eero Lundén‘s idea is to explore the relationship between nature and a built environment and how to create architecture that is taking part in the nature.

Four huge blobs, looking like cells are installed inside the pavilion, and have sensors that monitors the surrounding carbon dioxide levels, humidity and temperature. In response to the environmental conditions they “breathe” and either fill or empty themselves of air depending on the carbon dioxide levels, and to indicate temperature differences they change colors. – Essentially what we’re doing here is we have structures that live according to the changes in their environment, like you and me do, so they breathe. They breathe differently in different conditions. And then the colors change according to the temperature. They have a little bit of their own life. The original idea was that we wanted to make something that is close to an animal. It’s this idea about reestablishing a relationship with architecture, because quite often we see buildings and that’s it. Lundén explains.

It is the National Museum – Architecture, Finnish Arkkitehtuurimuseo and Swedish ArkDes, which hosts the Nordic Pavilion, the historic building designed by Sverre Fehn in 1962. The Biennale Architettura 2018 opened May 26th, and will last until November 25th. Photo: Andrea Ferro.