Taiwan Pavilion opens at 16th Int’l Architecture Exhibition

Taiwan’s Collateral Event at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia kicked off on May 24. (Photo courtesy of International Architecture Exhibition organizer)

Venice, Italy (Asia News Network) ─ Taiwan’s Collateral Event at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia kicked off on May 24, showing the intimate connection between residents and their living environment in Yilan County.

“Living with Sky, Water and Mountain: Making Places in Yilan” not only displays the works of architect Huang Sheng-Yuan and his team from Fieldoffice, but also echoes Taiwan’s presence at the global architecture exhibition since 2000.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Dr. Pierre Tzu-pao Yang, Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, said this year’s theme of the biennial, “Freespace” is also synonymous with Taiwan.

“Freedom is not about the freedom to leave, but the freedom to stay,” he quoted Huang as saying about his decision to settle in Yilan Countytwo decades ago, instead of establishing his practice abroad.

He said that Fieldoffice has since made a reputation for itself by emphasizing the core value of architecture — the intimate dialog between a place and its residents.

To Huang, the exhibition is more than a display of new buildings.“It aims at highlighting such connection to point of the uniqueness of each location.”

Taiwan’s Collateral Event showed the intimate connection between residents and their living environment in Yilan County. (Photo courtesy of International Architecture Exhibition organizer)

The exhibit also shows how Fieldoffice further merges the edges and boundaries of its projects by combining recycled materials and new architectural fragments to create aurban patchwork that reflects the historical and experimental meanings of architecture.

Asked about the construction of the Taiwan Pavilion, Curator Wang Chun-Hsiung said “the challenge was to show Taiwan architecture in such a baroque space.”

In order to show their respect for the local culture, Wang said that they intended to use all elements in the room to enhance the viewing experience of international visitors.

Representative Javier Ching-shan Hou, Taipei Representative Office in Italy, encouraged visitors to stop at the Taiwan Pavilion during the biennial as Venice is a “global architectural city.”

He also praised the exhibition for showing Taiwan in a “positive way.”

“Culture in Taiwan is an important tool to engage in dialogue with other countries,” he said. “That’s the meaning of our participation here, showing that Taiwan is up to the challenge and cares for its living environment and architecture.”

(Photo courtesy of International Architecture Exhibition organizer)

Taiwan’s Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition is conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan and directed by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA).It is open to the public from now until Nov. 25, 2018 at the Palazzo delle Prigioni in Venice, Italy.