Client: Ministerio de Fomento
Status: Competition (2020)
Location: Venice, Italy
Coordinates: 45.429433, 12.357499
Climate: Humid subtropical, Temperate
Scale: 500 ㎡ Small
Types: Cultural, Pavilion
Palimpsest is the title with which the proposal for the Spanish Pavilion of the Mostra di Architettura di Venezia of 2020 is presented and which broadly intends to reflect on coexistence and respond to the theme raised by the curator through two resources: the exhibition space and the content.
On one hand, the exhibition space refers to two worlds that currently live together: the virtual world of ideas and the material world in which the ideas take shape. In this way, two very contrasting spaces are proposed that work very differently.
The pavilion is divided into six rooms. Five of them represent the virtual world and the central room refers to the material world. These spaces take an undefined form, practically without limits, while the elements of connection between them are presented with a defined and concrete geometry, representing the dense space in which we currently live together.
On the other hand, the exhibition content addresses the central theme of architecture as its coexistence with its own history and that is where the architectural palimpsest comes into play: a work that retains traces of another that is artificially erased.
In recent years we have been observing how the national architectural landscape has been enriched by skilled interventions in historical contexts, where contemporary spaces coexist with history and generate new scenarios for new ways of life.
Therefore, it is proposed to show a selection of works built in historical environments in which the material context has been a key point in the project process and developed by Spanish professionals in recent years.