The Antwerp-based office Bovenbouw Architectuur has been appointed as curator of the exhibition in the Belgian pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2020 in Venice.
The scenography by Bovenbouw Architectuur shows a piece of urban landscape on a scale of 1/15. The architects explore a linear, winding landscape of a typical Flemish urban environment at table height. More than 50 different architectural projects from the past 20 years form the building blocks of the model. As a visitor you move through the model landscape and discover the friction between city and architecture in Flanders in a powerful and unprecedented way. The strong love-hate relationship that buildings and the built environment have in Flanders has been a source of irritation and energy for decades. This scenography portrays how typological peculiarities, differences in scale, radical alignment and functional mixing keep the fire of Flemish architecture burning. But the manner of exhibiting also corrects the isolated, formalistic view of architecture from Flanders. The model places Flemish architecture back into its natural habitat, allowing the interpretation to deepen and to sharpen the debate about the relationship between architecture and its conditions.
"The model landscape confronts the visitor with the friction between city and architecture in Flanders."‐ Dirk Somers, architect and founder of Bovenbouw Architectuur
The Flanders Architecture Institute is producer and commissioner of the exhibition in the Belgian pavilion at the seventeenth edition of the Biennale Architettura 2020 in Venice. In August 2019, a call was sent to architects, urban planners, designers, researchers, critics and artists to develop an exhibition concept that responds to the theme of memory as a design studio.
Out of 57 entries, the jury selected two teams, each further elaborating their exhibition concept. The jury eventually appointed Bovenbouw Architectuur as the winner.
The seventeenth edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice runs from 23 May to 29 November 2020 in Giardini, Arsenale and at various places in the city. The theme for the 2020 edition is "How will we live together?" The main curator is the Lebanese architect Hashim Sarkis (Hashim Sarkis Studios).