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In pictures: Muf unveils British Pavilion at Venice Biennale

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[FIRST LOOK] These are the first shots of Muf architecture/art’s Villa Frankenstein British Pavilion for the 12th International Venice Architecture Exhibition

The practice’s design concept is an ‘ironic reference’ to the ideas of the British Victorian social critic and historian of Venetian architecture John Ruskin.

The pavilion , which opens to the public on Sunday (29 September), is conceived as a stage for an exchange of ideas between Venice and the UK. Its centrepiece is a 1/10 scale model of a section of the Olympic Stadium.  

Liza Fior, practice co-Founder, said: ‘Even before John Ruskin and The Stones of Venice, the British have been preoccupied with Venice and in different ways have taken the city home. Villa Frankenstein attempts to breach the Giardini fence by bringing Venice and some of its preoccupations inside the Pavilion as a series of diverse collaborations.’

Vicky Richardson, director of architecture at the British Council, commissioned the project. She said: ‘Villa Frankenstein shifts our perception of Venice as a historic backdrop to the Biennale, to one of a dynamic participant. muf has introduced many new collaborators to the British Pavilion including the schools of Venice, the scientific community, community activists, historians and artists. By emphasising the importance of close looking and observation, which takes many different forms, muf demonstrates an alternative approach to architecture based on understanding what we already have.’


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