Venice Biennale 2018 – Visitors can experience the unique conditions of Greenland in Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter‘s immersive light and sound installation at the FREESPACE exhibition in Corderie dell’Arsenale. On show a 1:12 model of the Icefjord Centre is surrounded by a white environment where mist and glacier sounds tune tune with the colours of the Arctic skies.
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“Our ambition has been to create a sensuous installation for the 16th Exhibition, which expresses the extreme natural conditions which have defined the building – more than a mere presentation of the building itself”, explains Danish architect Dorte Mandrup.
Due to be completed in 2020, the centre offers a industurbed breathtaking view on the surrounding Nature of Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilulissat, Greenland, and one of the world’s most active glaciers, 250 km from the Arctic Circle.
As a direct result of global warming, over recent years the Icefjord has continually withdrawn several kilometers. This is why the Icefjord is a gathering point for climate scientists and head of states, who wish to give attention to climate change.
The L-shaped project sits on a cliff partially stretching on a lake and partially submerged in the rugged landscape.The wooden framework is covered by a gently sloping, curved wooden boardwalk that becomes the starting point for the World Heritage Trail and, at the same time, acts as a gathering point and an informal seating platform to watch the sunset in the evening sun.
“Walking across the roof, like when hiking to reach the top of a hilltop, visitors will reach a magnificent open view of the icefjord and overlook the route of the trail before walking on”.
Inside, the project hosts a cafe, and exhibition area and offices. The building’s geometry changes in section with a continuous flow and frames constantly changing views. The centre will tell the story of ice, of human history and evolution in a both local and global sense.
“The historic significance of the location where ‘the Inuit people and Europeans (Norse) met’, combined with the making of a habitable place for social interaction within the ‘superpower of nature’ has produced a project robust enough to sit lightly on the earth and to exert a singularly poetic presence” Say the curators of the Biennale Architettura 2018 are Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.
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Photos: courtesy of Dorte Mandrup and La Biennale di Venezia.