Kohki Hiranuma plans "world's first seamless glass structure" for Venice Biennale
Venice Architecture Biennale 2014: Japanese architect Kohki Hiranuma plans to create a shell-like structure of "seamless glass" to curve around visitors at the Venice Architecture Biennale this summer.
Proposed for the entrance courtyard of the 18th century Palazzo Mora, the Glastecture installation is conceived by Kohki Hiranuma as a load-bearing structure built from nothing but bent glass. This will create a looping form that seems to have no joints, but will actually be held together with resin.
According to the Hiranuma, the glass enclosure will appear to change shape as it reflects sunlight across the day, and will offer visitors a chance to experience the garden and surrounding city with a "new sense of distance".
The architect said his vision was to create "spaces more close to the nature" so that "environmental changes through the days bring richness in time".
Glastecture will form part of the collateral event Time Space Existence, which will take place within the spaces of two palazzos and show the work of architects from six different continents.
It will be located at Palazzo Mora, Cannaregio, 3659.