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Venice uncovered

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The contents of the British Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale have finally been announced, after the collapse of the British Council's original plan to showcase the Jubilee Line Extension stations in a design by Will Alsop.

Four practices will respond to the Biennale's overall theme, 'Less Aesthetics, More Ethics'. Alsop & Stormer will feature just one project, the C/Plex building in West Bromwich.David Chipperfield Architects will present two major urban designs - the new Palace of Justice in Salerno and a new museum at Davenport, Iowa. Zaha Hadid will concentrate on 'recent projects that work with ribbons.' Branson Coates will make an installation, Ecstacity (see below), with miniature models (some by Venetian glassmakers) of 20 of the practice's projects situated in an imaginary city landscape.

Director of visual arts at the British Council Andrea Rose said the pavilion would 'encapsulate the thrill and excitement of British architecture today.'

Alsop and Hadid are also included in the exhibition organised by Biennale director Massimiliano Fuksas, as is the Richard Rogers Partnership, which will show its Welsh Assembly project.

The Venice Biennale runs from 18 June to 29 October.

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