Interiors. Notes and Figures
Biennale Architettura 2014
Belgian Pavilion
14th International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia
07.06 – 23.11.14
The concept of the interior is fundamental in architectural design. Yet there are very few studies that approach it as a separate field of inquiry. Behind the permanence of buildings’ façades, all sorts of transformations, adjustments and modifications are carried out. From this perspective, a study of our interiors provides valuable information about the new challenges to which architectural practice must rise. Obliging us to counter the notion of modernity as an all-consuming phenomenon, it reveals a vernacular architecture in which modernity itself is being consumed and absorbed.

Focusing on the home, “Interiors. Notes and Figures” records and analyzes the domestic landscapes that result from this process of transformation. The curatorial team spent five months taking thousands of photographs of home interiors throughout Belgium. The study attempts to devise a vocabulary and to reveal the attitudes that, beyond pure form, allow us to define a culture that is specific to these transformations. The photos, notes and figures have been collated in a catalogue, resembling a manual, that will be published at the opening of the pavilion.

An interpretation of the research findings will be presented inside the Belgian Pavilion. It presents significant themes from the study in the form of architectural interventions, scale models and surface treatment. Generating both new spatial organizations and visual relationships, these play on the disparity between architecture and its different forms of appropriation, creating a tension between the real and the possible.
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Intérieurs. Notes et Figures / Interiors. Notes and Figures
Editions de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Cellule architecture
In association with Wallonie-Bruxelles International and A+ Architecture in Belgium
Texts in french and english, 240 pages, 185×270 mm
Edition of 1500, available on June 6th 2014
ISBN 978-2-930705-06-4
Curators: Sébastien Martinez Barat, Bernard Dubois, Sarah Levy, Judith Wielander
Photography: Maxime Delvaux
Collaborators: Benjamin Lafore, Sophie Dars, Mathieu Berger
Graphic design: Gregory Dapra, Laure Giletti