Zumtobel at the Architecture Biennale 2018 in Venice

Natural light stimulates a dialogue between exterior and interior spaces. A wooden walk-in structure and a light room create contrasting atmospheres, while elsewhere a light line on a map shows observers the way. As a long-time partner and sponsor of the Biennale di Venezia, Zumtobel will again be calling on its light expertise at this year`s architecture exhibition to assist the three teams of architects and designers involved with the Austrian Pavilion, as well as supporting representatives of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Architecture studios LAAC and Henke Schreieck, alongside the internationally renowned graphic designers Sagmeister & Walsh, will be using this year`s Austrian Pavilion to give a whole new meaning to the term “open spaces”. This innovative trio challenges conventional perceptions of space, letting interior and exterior areas communicate and merge with each other. As a result, the main focus is no longer purely on practical considerations, as aesthetics and function are brought together to form a single harmonious unit.

As official partner and sponsor, Zumtobel works with architects and designers to support creative processes at the renowned Biennale Architettura. CEO of the Zumtobel Alfred Felder explained how this type of active design culture represents an essential part of Zumtobel’s corporate philosophy: “The Architecture Biennale in Venice is one of the most important international architectural exhibitions. As a company committed to culture and an organisation constantly engaged in fascinating discussions about architecture and design – and one that helps to bring light to life in buildings and art projects around the world – we are delighted to once again sponsor this distinguished event.”

In line with the core theme of the 16th Biennale Architettura, all three contributions to the Austrian Pavilion explore notions of “freespace”. Architecture and urban space form an inseparable unity at all times. “The design mandate of an architect does not stop at the building,” confirmed Dr Verena Konrad, Director of the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute and curator of the Austrian pavilion. The Innsbruck-based architecture firm LAAC pushes the boundaries of natural light and generates a light discourse between exterior and interior, while architects from Viennese studio Henke Schreieck have installed a special object to open up the overall space. At the same time, Sagmeister & Walsh ignore the conventional maxim of “form follows function” by blending beauty and practicality to form one single entity.

As a long-standing partner of both the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute and the Austrian Pavilion, Zumtobel is not only responsible for the fixed lighting solution at the pavilion, but will also continue a proud record of helping realize special solutions with artists and architects.

The TUBILUX slim tube luminaire from Zumtobel draws THE LINE – a light installation by the Principality of Liechtenstein at the Architecture Biennale 2018 

Remote locations in Liechtenstein are becoming increasingly accessible. Yet what impact does this have on the landscape? The Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein is set to tackle this pressing question at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Zumtobel has previously worked closely with the University of Liechtenstein to promote the development of young talent. The latest project THE LINE, which will be presented at this year’s Architecture Biennale, first gained acclaim as the winner of an ideas competition at the University of Liechtenstein. An international panel of experts, on which the Zumtobel Group was also represented, selected the project from a list of ten entries. THE LINE features a straight line stretching across the map of Liechtenstein that shows the most direct route through the principality and on to Venice – a route that the students have actually followed and explored in detail. The resulting installation is an impressive visualisation of this expedition. THE LINE, or the route on the map to be precise, is represented by a 25-metre-long light line, which has been realised using a series of TUBILUX slim tube luminaires from Zumtobel. The varied lighting situations created by TUBILUX slim produce different lighting moods. The waterproof and UV-resistant fitting with a clear and minimalist design can be dimmed using the LITECOM lighting management system from Zumtobel.

Liechtenstein presents this project as a special guest of the parallel “Salon Suisse” event, organised by the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. THE LINE is curated by Luis Hilti and Matilde Igual Capdevila from the University of Liechtenstein and supported by Zumtobel. The installation will be unveiled as part of a lecture at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Dorsoduro on 26th May at 7pm. The exhibition will then be open to the public from 27th to 30th May 2018.

The Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice is set to take place from 26th May to 25th November.

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