Since the phenomenal start in 2012, the joint communication initiative for architects of the companies FSB, Gira and KEUCO has been extending an invitation to a meeting point in Venice for the opening week of the Biennale of Architecture.

The meeting point is organised every time in a historic Palazzo right beside the Canal Grande, preferably with a garden. Everyone who books the free-of-charge VIP package receives an extensive package of services. It includes daily visits to the Palazzo from 9:00 to 22:00 h, with catering, an evening programme, guided tours, a water taxi shuttle between the Biennale grounds and the Palazzo, and much more …

By now, this meeting point could already be regarded as an integral part of the first days of the Biennale. The POINTS of Contact welcome party, with which the meeting point opens, is already legendary. The German and international architectural community looks forward eagerly to this date and comes together on site in Venice at POINTS of Contact for relaxing and networking, as well as eating, drinking and celebrating.

In 2018, a total of 2,300 architects visited the meeting point, which was in the historic Palazzo Contarini Polignac again as in 2016. Most visitors came several times during the day – and on more than one day. They took the water taxi shuttle, used the deckchairs in the garden for relaxation and enjoyed the fantastic view of the Canal Grande. On the day of the official opening of the Biennale, the anniversary party was held in the evening at the POINTS of Contact meeting point. More than 1,000 registered architects, media representatives and people interested in culture and architecture celebrated cheerfully and enjoyed the magical atmosphere. A lot of relaxed people, in lively conversation, laughing and discussing things with each other, who had at least three things in common on that evening: their interest in the Biennale, their love of Venice and their feeling at home at this meeting point on Canal Grande.

Impressions from the meeting point 2018

For many of our guests, numerous presentations and discussion groups rounded off their daily visit to the Biennale. With graft, Matteo Thun and Laurids Ortner, several celebrities came to the Palazzo Contarini Polignac this year. Additional highlights were set by a movie night and the exhibition showing the already quite remarkable history of POINTS of Contact. We will be delighted if you join us at the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice as our guests in 2020.


International TeamUp event – For the first time, Gira deliberately used the meeting point to strengthen its contacts with architects from the Netherlands and the UK. At a business breakfast, the architects who were exclusively invited had an opportunity to meet and network with representatives from Gira in a relaxed atmosphere.


graft architects – The curators of the German pavilion were our guests at a matinee and commented on their contribution. On Sunday morning, meeting point visitors gathered round “their” curators. Marianne Birthler and the graft architects Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit inspired our guests with their explanations and their easy-going, approachable manner.


Multimedia platform for architects – In the talk show “New avenues – changing strategies”, the multimedia information platform about the HERZBLUT networking project was presented with more than 150 statements from innovative,  creative architects from Austria. The speakers were Prof. Laurids Ortner (Ortner&Ortner Architekten) and the architect Herwig Spiegl (founding partner at AllesWirdGut Architekten, Vienna/Munich).


Metropolis movie night – The monumental silent movie “Metropolis” from 1927 by Fritz Lang, with live piano accompaniment in the Piano Nobile room of the historic Palazzo, was met with an enthusiastic response from the audience of about 100 guests.


20 years of POINTS of Contact – In Germany, the communication initiative has now existed for 20 years. To mark this anniversary, the guests were invited to get an overview of the topics and actions of past years in a special exhibition room. For the last four years, the cooperation has also received an enthusiastic response from architects in the UK and the Netherlands.


Matteo Thun – The Italian architect Matteo Thun and David-Ruben Thies, Managing Director of the Waldkliniken Eisenberg hospitals/Germany spoke about rehabilitation in curative forest environments in connection with the hospital and rehab buildings designed by Thun.

Palazzo Contarini Polignac und anniversary party

Lectures 2018


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