Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership for FREESPACE

Photo: Tom Harris Photography

Arsenale, 16th International Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

On View
May 26, 2018 - November 25, 2018


Photo: Tom Harris Photography

Studio Gang’s project for FREESPACE, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, brings the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership to Venice with an immersive exhibit that translates the building’s material and experiential qualities into the space of an Arsenale bay.

As outlined in the FREESPACE manifesto, the curators selected projects for the exhibition that possess “a generosity of spirit” and give unexpected moments to the public realm. Encountering the exhibit allows visitors to discover for themselves how the Arcus Center takes its place among these works of generous architecture.

Three curving walls built of wood masonry, a vernacular, low-carbon construction technique used for the Center’s exterior, provide an up-close look at the rich materiality of this method and the striking moments it offers the public. The walls’ arcing geometry sets welcoming spatial conditions vital to the Arcus Center’s mission—embracing those entering and creating a sense of openness and connection. They also create a warm, conversationally focused space at the center of the building that can be freely appropriated.

In Venice, it is hoped the gently arcing walls create a special space of pause and encounter within the busy Arsenale, where visitors can learn more about the building through a video and model or simply relax and enjoy the space around them.

Photo: Tom Harris Photography

Photo: Tom Harris Photography

Project Collaborators

Tosetto, general contractor

Dave Burk/Hedrich Blessing, video

Spirit of Space, video