Topotek1 at La Biennale di Venezia Print
Friday, 12 September 2008 03:29



Shedding the light on more exhibitors at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, here is the contribution of urban landscape designers TOPOTEK 1 to the exhibit in the Italian Pavilion, consisting of a design project that feature their work and philosophies.

Twenty-two refrigerators are lined up along the wall, partly stacked on top of each other and filled. The fridges speak of Topotek 1’s work tactics, their sensibilities towards the site. They mimic the sensations that a visitor feels in a garden, as they allow a glimpse into their enchanting worlds. They are filled with abstract model/worlds, which pick up motifs of one or several realized projects and explore them even further.



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The refrigerators contain fans and kaleidoscopic viewing machines, sound structures, sight-twisters, and color-splashers, as well as a small library with publications by Topotek1. The collage of projects is self-referential and self-associative. It reveals details and creates synchronicities. It is a playful experiment by itself, and an open-end design study.

The boxes are dynamically related to the Garden. Closed, they suggest the manageable realities in which the world is regulated. Opened, the microclimate machines, will confront the viewer’s face, some with extreme temperatures, involving him in an active and sensual communication, as the case would be for the open space. The communication transcends the visual language; the refrigerators keep their store available for a long time, they might as well keep some of the promises of the paradisiacal garden.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 10:21