Here's a story that gives new meaning to the expression "head in the clouds." The Swiss Pavilion curated by Sandra Oehy and commissioned by the Swiss arts council pro helvetia for the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture features a breathtaking inhabitable "cloud." Designed by the Zurich-based architect Christian Kerez, the “incidental space” is an enigmatic object created to investigate the margin between the technical feasibility of architecture and the limits of an architect’s imagination. Resembling a huge cloud from outside, the pavilion has a cave-like interior that one enters through a tiny opening.
Kerez’s pavilion is an attempt to think about, construct, and experience architecture differently. This experimental work designed for a specific location and occasion is an autonomous piece that, trying to avoid a conventional design framework, seeks greater innovation. Done to stand only for itself, and not to represent any other work of architecture nor a tendency or any other specific construction or design method, the Swiss pavilion is an abstract experience that boldly stands out from other Biennale participants showcasing conventional models, drawings and photographs.
The interior of the artificially formed cloud realized in fiber cement evokes a natural geological structure. In addition to resembling a real cloud, the Swiss pavilion is itself a huge cloud of data – the result of coupling and sequencing craftsmanship and digital processes to create a complex architectonic space.
Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat