The Nordic Pavilion presents “Another Generosity” at theVenice Architecture Biennale 2018 and shows up as one of the most unconventional exhibitions.
Helmed by curators Eero Lundén and Juulia Kauste, the show sees humongous, alien-like balloons that inflate or deflate according to the surrounding environment’s carbon dioxide levels and change color when there’s a change in temperature or humidity. “Essentially what we’re doing here is we have structures that live according to the changes in their environment, like me and you do,” Lundén said “So they breathe.”
The nordic pavilion presents an exhibition that explores the relationship between nature and the built environment, and how architecture can facilitate the creation of a world that supports the symbiotic coexistence of both. The pavilion creates a spatial experience designed to heighten our awareness of our environment. “Another Generosity” is an attempt to foster dialogue, debate, and criticism to help reveal new ways we can shape our world with another generosity — a generosity not just between humans, but between humans and nature.
“This is the epoch of the Anthropocene. Though the Anthropocene may appear to mark the moment humans have come to overpower nature, it is also an opportunity to rethink the most basic relationship between our buildings and ecology. Architecture should be considered a tool for redefining the complete cycle of building, from its most basic components to its operating systems,” emphasized in a statement.
“Another Generosity” considers a structure that consists of a membrane holding two basic elements: air and water.
The simple structures are combined to create a visible and dynamic cellular structure. mediating between the natural and built environment, the inflated elements respond to external and sometimes unseen stimuli, creating a new kind of experience, a momentary hesitation and greater awareness of our surroundings.