Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Vara
26.05.2016 - 27.11.2016
“Vara is a series of exteriors within other exteriors. A labyrinth construction that explores that understated tension between practical necessities and the subjective measurements of an architectonic space. The pavilion's floorplan is composed by the informal and seemingly capricious repetition of ten di¡erent circular figures, with consecutive radiuses ranging from one to ten. The unit for each radio is based on a Vara; the fairly imprecise and now obsolete rod employed to trace cities during the colonial migration to America. The resulting sequence of spaces can be understood both as a traditional open plan, with several accesses and without any shape, hierarchy or predominant direction, and also as a limited arrangement of singular segments. The perception of these utterly centralized forms fluctuates between narrow and acute concavities and wide and irregular convex rooms, from overexposed cores to dark corners. This is the experience of a hollowed mass eroded by its own tedious echo, by its multiplicity, by a sense of austere irrationality. Since we believe architecture is a form of knowledge, it seems inevitable to face a triangular (or circular) problem: that what we know is no more than a di¡use field of disciplinary ideas; that those ideas are expanding over time; and that our limited understanding of them, and therefore of their value, cannot be fully conveyed to dilettantes. A feasible response, we suppose, lies in the potential of discreet basic means to produce a rather normal and familiar building; a unique place with the unintelligible capacity to become something more than what it seems to be.”
On the occasion of the “15th International Architecture Exhibition” in Venice, Solo Galerie presents the Vara Pavilion by Pezo Von Elrichshausen. The architects are invited by Alejandro Aravena, curator of the Biennale 2016 and the last winner of the Priztker Price. It's the first time that a Pavilion of this dimension takes place in the middle of the Giardini, next to the other national pavilions.
Vara in Venice Biennale with the financial and material support of Build Beyond by Knauf, la Fondation Chile Profundo, Santiago (Cecilia García Huidobro) et du Consejo.
From 26.05.2016 to 27.11.2016 (from Tuesday to Saturday 1pm - 7pm and by appointment)