Visitors experience Cloud Pergola at the Croatian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale

At the Croatian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, visitors experience Cloud Pergola, a unique environment and one of the world’s largest and most complex 3d printed structures.

The opening of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia unveiled the collaborative site-specific environment of the Croatian Pavilion, curated by architect Bruno Juričić. The installation, that crosses the boundaries of architecture, art, engineering, robotic fabrication and computational models, won the favour of the public, by inviting to reflect on hospitality and climate change and shaping a new paradigm for architecture in the 21st century.

Cloud Pergola / The Architecture of Hospitality, the Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, surprised visitors with an exhibition curated and authored by architect Bruno Juričić, by transforming a classic Mediterranean typology, the pergola, into an uncommon and futuristic forest of lattice trees. A winning bet, that has brought Bruno Juričić and the artists involved in the project to re-think the way we look at hospitality, climate change, and sociability.

The Croatian Pavilion brought together visionary companies -Arup and Ai-Build- and advanced designers and innovation-oriented architects -Alisa Andrašek and Bruno Juričić- to envision new synergies between academic research, architectural practice, and cutting-edge digital fabrication. The opening ceremony that took place during the preview days of the Biennale with a great success of public, was attended by many notable figures: Patrik Schumacher (Director at Zaha Hadid Architects), Bart Lootsma (Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Universität Innsbruck), Ivana Omazic (former creative director at Céline), Vedran Mimica (professor of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and former Head of Education at the Berlage), Trentemøller (Danish electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist) among them.

“I wanted the pavilion to push the boundaries of the aesthetics, spatial and tectonic consequences of emerging paradigms of augmented intelligence at the cross-over between architecture, art, and engineering by presenting a full-scale pergola structure made using 3D robotic fabrication and automated design protocols. The Cloud Pergola was envisioned as a paradigm for what architecture should stand for in the 21st century,” said Bruno Juričić.

Cloud Pergola / The Architecture of Hospitality originally interprets FREESPACE, the theme proposed by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, directors of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and takes it one step further, transforming the intricate structure of the pergola into a tissue for osmotic exchange, designing the land of tomorrow, merging past and future, nature and technologies, human and robotic perspective. Cloud Pergola is the place where engaging the issues of tomorrow, a place where a Mediterranean architecture becomes an unprecedented landscape of the future.

The Croatian Pavilion will remain open for the entire duration of the Architecture Biennale, until 25 November 2018.


Curator and exhibition author: Bruno Juričić

Photographer: Jan Stojkovic

Exhibitors: Alisa Andrašek, Vlatka Horvat, Bruno Juričić, Maja Kuzmanović

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