In 2021 the National Museum in Norway has curatorial responsibility for of the Nordic pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
What are you willing to share with others? This question is the starting point for the exhibition What We Share: A Model for Co-living with the Oslo-based architectural firm Helen & Hard. The exhibition is curated by the National Museum, which in 2021 is responsible for the Nordic pavilion during the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
The main theme of this year’s biennale is How will we live together? and deals with how architects can create new communities.
In Venice the National Museum and Helen & Hard address the biennale’s main theme with a completely new project designed especially for the Nordic pavilion. Helen & Hard invited a group of people to work with the architects to develop a cohousing project with a number of shared functions. All the residents were asked how much they were willing to share with their neighbours. The installation shows how collaboration and spatial design can create both a community and a sustainable living environment.
– Being both architects and inhabitants of a cohousing community has made us aware of the potential that this housing model can offer in terms of tackling some of the societal and environmental challenges we face today. In Venice we want to explore this potential and demonstrate how the interplay between inhabitants and agencies involved can create an adaptable architecture, says partners and creative directors of Helen & Hard Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf.
– There is an urgent need in the housing sector to explore new models of communal living, and Helen & Hard’s way of working is innovative and highly relevant. In the past year, questions about our ways of living, and how they relate to loneliness, social encounters and community, have become even more acute, says curator Martin Braathen of the National Museum of Norway.
The 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
La Biennale di Venezia is considered the world’s most important architectural exhibition. The 17th International Architecture Exhibition is open from May 22nd to November 21st 2021.
In 2021, the National Museum in Norway has the curatorial and organisational responsibility for the exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion. The exhibition is commissioned jointly by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design ArkDes and The National Museum of Norway. For the exhibition, museums works with the Norwegian architectural firm Helen & Hard. The project relates to the concept by main curator Hashim Sarkis, How Will We Live Together?, which pertains to how architects can create new communities.
Pavilion of Finland
The Pavilion of Finland’s exhibition New Standards is commissioned by the Archinfo Finland. For more information, please visit newstandards.info