Home at Arsenale by Dekleva Gregorič architects

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由Dekleva Gregorič architects设计的装置设计[Home at Arsenale]现正于威尼斯双年展斯洛文尼亚展馆展出。层叠的木板交错相接,环绕着一侧的落地玻璃窗,形成一个低技术手段、低辨识度的巨大退台式书架。未经修饰的原木柔和低调,装置结构的韵律和空间也愈发突出。原木的材质同时也在暗示着木材这种斯洛文尼亚现有丰富资源的无限建构潜力。由不同背景的建筑师、艺术家、评论家推荐的共近300本关于居所的书籍随意的散落在各处,似乎在邀请人们上前翻阅和感受空间。除了集合数十位相关从业人员知识储备外,这里还将不定时举办访谈、讲座和研讨会,这个装置将成为一个探讨当今社会背景中居所新定义的最佳平台。

▽ 针对展览空间所设计的全尺度书架架构种放满了关于相关议题的书籍,供人翻阅,A full-scale spatial structure is generated by a site-specific system of wooden bookshelves that reacts to the given space in Arsenale and home activities in order to be inhabited by the curated books

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a curated library addressing the notions of home and dwelling

The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) presents the project [Home at Arsenale] in the Pavilion of Slovenia at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioner Matevž Čelik, director of MAO, appointed as curators for the presentation in Arsenale the internationally acclaimed architects and educators Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič.

[Home at Arsenale] responds to Biennale curator Alejandro Aravena’s title Reporting from the Front by addressing the topics of home and dwelling as current critical social and environmental issues. The curators conceived a 1:1 spatial structure, an abstract home performing as a curated library that operates as a platform for exploring the concepts of home and dwelling during the Biennale Architettura 2016 and beyond. Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič propose:

‘Since the dawn of civilization, structures for dwelling have constructed the predominant part of our built environment, and have served to fulfil our most basic needs. Yet, they should aim beyond securing mere survival to provide the conditions necessary for a meaningful life.

Definitions of home have been continuously questioned and challenged within diverse historical and cultural settings. Today’s information-driven society is characterized by accentuated and proliferated mobility, ranging from seeking permanent relocation to various commuting scenarios. Accordingly, the notion of home requires readdressing. What defines home today, when so many can be almost anywhere and connected to anything, anytime? Despite this growing virtual connectivity the concept of home might still need a tangible spatial or social reality. Our personal experience with moving home provoked the initial question: is home where the library is, or is the library where home is?

The project [Home at Arsenale] proposes the concept of home as a public curated library that operates as a platform for exploring the notions of home and dwelling, within the current critical social and environmental conditions. Challenging the private/public dichotomy within the dwelling domain the project suggests a transformation of the private home into a possible temporary public home environment.

The installation inhabits and reacts to the given space in Arsenale with a spatial structure containing a curated collection of books and objects of domesticity suggestive of the domestic realm. A 1:1 spatial structure, generated by a site-specific system of wooden bookshelves, performs simultaneously as a curated library and as abstract compact home encouraging visitors to inhabit and experience it.

Invited architects, artists, critics and curators from various backgrounds are participating with their selection of some 10 books addressing the notions of home and dwelling to share their experience and expertise ‘from their fronts’ in order to build the curated library of collective knowledge for the benefit of exhibition visitors. Additionally, the participants are invited to become temporary residents of [Home at Arsenale] for one hour to one day and to host live events that question what defines home today through interviews, talks or workshops, in order to intensify the interaction with the public. Ultimately the [Home at Arsenale], with around 300 books, will relocate to the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, to be continually available for public use.’

The installation [Home at Arsenale] reflects the curators’ approach to thinking and making architecture, underlining its social position, material manifestation and architectural legacy, where the user experience and participation are the central objectives.

▽ 402块水平板材,1724块垂直板材,耗费15m3的斯洛文尼亚森林木材搭建出来的全尺度结构,1:1 wooden inhabitable structure made of 15 m3 of wood from Slovenian forests; 402 horizontal boards, 1.724 vertical boards

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▽ 虚实交错的空间,juxtaposition of material and contextual geometry defines the relationship between the volume and the void

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▽ 垂直方向的材料肌理呼应建筑的线性空间,horizontal material geometry respects the linear spatial organization of Arsenale

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The material definition of the installation reflects the historical linking of Venice and Slovenia, since wood from the Karst region was used extensively for the foundations of the city on water. Wood also represents Slovenia’s primary resource and therefore opens up its underused potential as a construction material of domestic spaces. Furthermore, using and presenting the wood in its raw condition highlights its properties and textures.

The ‘low-tech and low-res’ approach organizes generic horizontal and vertical bookshelf elements into a complex site-specific spatial system reacting to the material as well as immaterial context and defining all required cavities of the abstract compact home/curated library. The main cavity performs as living/library and is defined by the presence of books which represent the physical evidence of the exhibitors’ contribution. Sunlight, as a metaphor for knowledge, is materialized in the wooden structure with the distribution and orientation of its vertical elements.

The installation references the seminal Patio & Pavilion project (1956) by Alison and Peter Smithson and their statement ‘Patio & Pavilion represents the fundamental necessities of the human habitat… The first necessity is for a piece of the world, the patio; the second necessity is for an enclosed space, the pavilion.‘ The patio of [Home at Arsenale] is furnished with objects of domesticity to serve as the public/private open space in front of the entrance to the pavilion.

[Home at Arsenale], a space of knowledge, is open to visitors and participants to be explored, discussed and experienced. The full-scale material installation with its knowledge content emphasizes the enduring capacity of architecture to respond to current social and environmental questions and presents the stage for six-month long exhibition process of research and exploration on the topics of home and dwelling by exhibitors and their invitees. Finally, a forthcoming publication after the Biennale Architettura 2016 will reflect curators’ and exhibitors’ research, statements and questions opening up further polemics and tangible projects relevant for the current role of home.

▽ 展览入口处的公共/私密开放空间,The patio of [Home at Arsenale] is furnished with objects of domesticity to serve as the public/private open space in front of the entrance to the pavilion.

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▽ 结构内部的边缘形态受展览书籍的布置方式影响,The boundary of the cavity is defined by the presence of books which represent the physical evidence of the exhibitors’ contribution

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▽ 设计过程:设计概念的具向化,Design process: from generic towards specific

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▽ 不同高度的平面,plans

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