venice biennale of architecture


Compression is nature’s glue. Case in point: the Armadillo Vault, a self-supporting pavilion comprising 399 limestone slabs and spanning 52 feet, curving and bending around the columns of a 13th-century Venice building at this year’s Architecture Biennale. No glue, no mortar, no hidden substructure to ensure the 24-ton edifice doesn’t collapse—just really smart architecture.

MORE. 24 Tons of Towering Stone, Held Together With Compression


Žilvinas Kempinas (Lithuanian, b. 1969, Plungė, Lithuania, based New York, NY, USA) - TUBE, Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Lithuanian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009  Top Photo: Angela Okajima, Bottom Photo: Godromil


Don’t turn away: A team of architectural historians rebuilt a Nazi gas chamber.

The stark-white plaster casts of  work—on display at the Venice Architectural Biennale as “The Evidence Room”—does more than just make visitors uncomfortable (though it does that, too). In responding to the Biennale’s theme, “Reporting from the Front,” the reconstruction both remembers the Holocaust and refuses to let its literal architects escape without blame.

MORE. Haunting Gas Chamber Replica Remembers the Holocaust’s Horrors


Almost a month after its opening at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, it is nice to see the Awaroa Lighthouse model getting some love on Instagram! 

Also interesting to notice how people generally tend to photograph the model from one of two different angles…