La Biennale di Venezia
17. International Architecture Exhibition
22 May–21 November, 2021

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia will open in 2021 and will last 6 months, from May 22nd to November 21st.

In 2021, the National Museum in Norway will have 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 will work with the Norwegian architectural firm Helen & Hard. The project will relate to the concept by main curator Hashim Sarkis, How Will We Live Together?, which pertains to how architects can create new communities.

Helen & Hard was founded in 1996 in Stavanger by Norwegian architect Siv Helene Stangeland and Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf. The firm currently employs a staff of 26, and it is known for their innovative use of wood and experimental housing projects.

The Nordic Pavilion will be transformed into an experimental cohousing project 

The Nordic Pavilion will respond to this year’s theme by transforming into an experimental cohousing project. With the exhibition What We Share. A model for cohousing, Norwegian architects Helen & Hard supported by a curatorial team from National Museum of Norway will present a framework for designing and building communities based on participation and sharing.

– 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.

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