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