LAVA, Tower Skin, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

LAVA, Tower Skin, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Curated by felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad, Augmented Australia exhibition at the 14th Architecture Biennale of Venice showcases some of the most intriguing unrealised projects going beyond the pavilion physical space at Giardini. Thanks to 3d augmented models, images, voiceovers and animations, activated by a specially free app, several projects are geographically positioned around the entire island city of Venice. www.architecture.com.au, www.labiennale.org

Pier Luigi Nervi, Antonio Nervi, Carlo Vannoni and Francesco Vacchini, Cathedral, Abbey and Benedictine Monastery, 1958, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia. Digital reconstruction by Matt Delroy-Carr, Keith Reid, Scott Horsburgh. Courtesy: felix.

Pier Luigi Nervi, Antonio Nervi, Carlo Vannoni and Francesco Vacchini, Cathedral, Abbey and Benedictine Monastery, 1958, New Norcia, Western Australia, Australia. Digital reconstruction by Matt Delroy-Carr, Keith Reid, Scott Horsburgh. Courtesy: felix.

“Visitors will be able to experience the spectacular 60 metre high ceilings and stained glass windows of Nervi’s unbuilt Australian cathedral while standing in Piazza San Marco” said Professor Rene Van Meeuwen, Director of felix.

Harry Seidler, Olympic Stadium, Princes Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Competition Entry 1952. Digital Reconstruction by Daniel Giuffre and Paul Sawyer. Courtesy: felix.

Harry Seidler, Olympic Stadium, Princes Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Competition Entry 1952. Digital Reconstruction by Daniel Giuffre and Paul Sawyer. Courtesy: felix.

“We’ve done this so that visitors can admire the true scale and greatness of each project. Some are so big that we couldn’t even fit them on land! Harry Seidler’s 1952 design of the Melbourne Olympic Stadium has had to be positioned over water, which will only be accessible by boat.”

Minifie van Schaik, Caught Unawares, 2013, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Digital reconstruction by Ben Juckes. Courtesy: felix.

Minifie van Schaik, Caught Unawares, 2013, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Digital reconstruction by Ben Juckes. Courtesy: felix.

Keeping in line with Rem Koolhaas’s focus on historical importance and national identity, Augmented Australia will showcase 11 historical and 11 contemporary Australian projects from the past one hundred years, which for various reasons, were never built.

Susan Dugdale & Associates, Darwin City Waterfront Signature Restaurant, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

Susan Dugdale & Associates, Darwin City Waterfront Signature Restaurant, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

‘The stories of the buildings do not conclusively agree or disagree with Koolhaas’s thoughts on the globalisation of style. What they do say is that Australian architects of today are interested in the notion that architecture is about ideas as opposed to identity or style,’ commented Professor Van Meeuwen.

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Jewel Cave Entry and Visitors Centre, Yallingup, Western Australia, Australia.

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Jewel Cave Entry and Visitors Centre, Yallingup, Western Australia, Australia.

Photos: courtesy of Felix. and Australian Institute of Architects – www.architecture.com.au

Mulloway Studio, (un)Common Earth, National World War I and World War II Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Competition Entry 2008. Digital Reconstruction by Matt Delroy-Carr. Courtesy: felix.

Mulloway Studio, (un)Common Earth, National World War I and World War II Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Competition Entry 2008. Digital Reconstruction by Matt Delroy-Carr. Courtesy: felix.