Australia Pavilion to be swimming pool for Venice Biennale 2016
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Australian Pavilion to become a swimming pool for Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Denton Corker Marshall's recently completed Venice Biennale pavilion will be transformed into a swimming pool for next year's architecture exhibition.

Architecture studio Aileen Sage and urban designer Michelle Tabet will take over the interior of the Australian pavilion for the 2016 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, it was announced today.

Venice 2016 winner's creative team, left to right: Amelia Holliday, Michelle Tabet, Isabelle Toland. Photograph by Alex Mayes
This image: Venice 2016 winner's creative team, left to right: Amelia Holliday, Michelle Tabet, Isabelle Toland. Photograph by Alex Mayes. Main image: the winning proposal

Their proposal, entitled The Pool, will explore the history of the swimming pool and its role in Australian society. The exhibition will centre around a swimming pool, which will be augmented by the use of light, scent, sound, reflections and perspective.

The team also plans to present a series of past and present swimming pools from around Australia, be they natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent.

Newcastle Baths. Photograph by Terry Rich
Newcastle Baths. Photograph by Terry Rich

"From pools of necessity to the pools of excess, the pool is a key architectural device, a memory and also a setting," said the curators in a statement.

"It has the unique ability to evoke both the sacred and the profane and also aptly represents a distinctively Australian democratic and social space – a great leveller of difference."

Prince Alfred Park Pool by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photograph by Brett Boardman
Prince Alfred Park Pool by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photograph by Brett Boardman

Sydney-based Aileen Sage is led by architects Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday, who previously worked for Neeson Murcutt Architects on projects including the Prince Alfred Park and Pool in New South Wales.

Aperture House by Cox Rayner Architects
Aperture House pool by Cox Rayner Architects. Photograph by Christopher Frederick Jones

The Pool will be the first architecture exhibition in the new pavilion, which opens for the first time next month for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.

Designed as a "white box within a black box", it replaces the temporary structure Australia has been using since 1988 and is the first pavilion to be built within the Giardini in the 21st century.