1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion


1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010: visitors to the Romanian Pavilion in the Giardini di Castello at the Venice Architecture Biennale are invited to experience the population density of Bucharest, one at a time.

A 94 square-meter box encloses most of the space inside the pavilion, with one visitor admitted to its interior at a time.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

Visitors queueing in the gap between the enclosure and pavilion walls can glimpse the enclosed space through three peep holes.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The interior is illuminated by a large circular hole in its ceiling.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

Above: view from inside

The installation was created by Romina Grillo, Ciprian Rășoiu, Liviu Vasiu, Matei Vlăsceanu and Tudor Vlăsceanu.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

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1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The information that follows is from the architects:

The premise of the project entitled “1:1”, which will be exhibited in the Romanian Pavilion from Giardini di Castello, is a radical one: architecture as translation of a unique idea, ultimately determining and defining the space we inhabit.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The concept is to “exhibit space” and, by doing so, to explore its various instances. A specific and quantifiable fact is related to the idea of “space”: 94m2/person is the population density level in Bucharest, and its representative for the urban condition in Romania.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

It illustrates, at the same time, both an individual and a collective state of existence. 94 m2 will be the exhibited “space”.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

It will be experienced by one person at a time.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

Translating at 1:1 scale this abstract and yet fundamental relationship between man and its space, becomes a key in decoding different meanings of space.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The architecture is the physical presence of the enclosed exhibited space and by a seemingly violent process it defines two spaces, two worlds: one that is planed and another that is accidental and a consequence of the first.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The exterior of the architectural object, a collective space, presents an enigma. Moving around it prepares the visitors and reveals fragments in three very precise moments thru small round openings in the walls.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The interior of the architectural object, an individual space, has the desired 94 m2 surface.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The space receives daylight through a circular opening in the ceiling which together with the three perforations acts as a system of reference for the person inside and defines the inner space with the minimum geometric means necessary.

1:1 at the Romanian Pavilion

The rotated geometry de-materializes the architectural object, creating a relationship between an individual, interior, sacred, private, abstract space and a collective, exterior, profane, public, real space. The tension between these spaces keeps them united; one cannot exist without the other and both cannot exist without architecture.

See also:


Canadian pavilion
by Philip Beesley
Villa Frankenstein by
muf architecture/art
Polish pavilion
at Venice 2010

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  • khalid

    i find this absolutely beautiful… complete clarity in concept and execution

    the 11th image with intense light from the oculus evokes a pantheon like temporality

    takes the theme of 'people meet in architecture' to a fundamental core

  • gozzillo

    simple, direct, deep

  • loom

    seems kind of simplistic. its the alienation a provincial would feel in a big city.

  • I wish I could go there and experience the space for myself… truly wonderful.

  • Johanna

    clever and beautiful.

  • mirro

    it's ok as a modeling exercise of a concept.. but the concept is extremely simplistic and the chosen city, just a pretext.. the Architecture is not a thing about sqm; and Bucharest is a city whose old and decent houses, bearing the memory of places and people, disappear under the preasure of the real estate speculations, living in place alienated sqm of open space… without meaning, nor beauty

    • agata

      you have to be Romanian, from Bucharest. otherwise, I'd call your comment arrogant to say the least. are you?
      and unfortunately nowadays, architecture is mostly all about sqm.

  • maharapa

    What determines the height of the space?

  • Lightpainter

    Very James Turrell……. I like it!

  • Agostinho Caroso

    An interesting game between the shape, the light and is shadow.

    A. Cardozzo