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A first look at the British pavilion in Venice - images

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This is the first glimpse of the British Pavilion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Jeremy Till.

The exhibit - which nestles in among a series of other countries' efforts - concentrates on the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

It attempts to humanise the architecture of the city, by looking at it at a variety of scales, from 1:1 to 1:1,000,000.

This includes 1:100, the traditional scale of architectural work. This room looks at 'different' architectural models including Studio Egret West and Hawkins\Brown's proposal for the Brutalist Park Hill Estate.

There is also an animation show presenting various statistics about the city, which is enlivened by a soundscape. Among the weirder stats quoted is the fact that someone in the Vatican goes on the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club website at least 77 times a year.

Reaction to the exhibition has been varied so far, with some critics observing that it perhaps fails to match either the German or Japanese efforts.

by Ed Dorrell in Venice

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