Commissioner: Janet Holmes à Court AC, Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Curators: Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco+Wright Architects and Linda Tegg
With the Australian Biennale exhibition the curators Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright (Baracco+Wright Architects) and artist Linda Tegg ask the question, how architecture can play a role in repairing the places it is part of: the soil, hydrology, habitat, connections, overland water flow, microorganisms, vegetation and so on. The use of land for buildings is no small act. And Australia has one of the most diverse and ecologically sensitive landscapes in the world.
A hill of over 10.000 plants including 65 species leads into the Australian Pavilion and continues inside. The main door and the panorama window are made smaller – the same size as the fire door. Because the architecture itself should step back and the focus is on the land and the plants that were originally on the position of the actual building.
The atmosphere in the Pavilion is actually natural and pleasant. A slightly fresher air than outside fills the main room. People are sitting and resting on round stools next to the plants and children are hiding in between. Frogs, lizards and many insects are already living inside the green oasis.
The life-sustaining light installation „Skylight“ is providing the necessary light spectrum to the plants denied by the fabric of a building. It channels energy from the Italian electricity grid – 64 per cent Fossil, 21 per cent Hydro, nine per cent Wind and Solar, five per cent Nuclear, and one per cent Geothermal – into the bodies of plants.
Alongside this installation, 15 Australian projects that address the theme of repair will be presented through a video.