Written by: Petia Stoykova
LdM Interior Design major
Have you ever wondered about the different types of floors that exist, or the history of a ceiling? Or maybe you’ve wanted to walk through the architectural evolution of Italy? This November I attended with my Interior Design class the Biennale Architettura in Venice, where the indisputable talents of architects all over the world present their works in unique exhibitions. 66 countries participated in the Biennale with pavilions scattered all around Venice. Having this rare chance of attending the Biennale and being among some of the most innovative pieces of architecture was purely extraordinary!
First we explored the Elements of Architecture in Giardini. The central pavilion was located among the outdoor interactive garden of pavilions of countries representing their architects and projects. The main pavilion focused on the fundamentals of architecture that most architects don’t pay as much attention to. The designs of the interior that architecture encloses are what make up the substance of the building and give it identity. This exhibition showed how these essential pieces used in interior design are also very present in architecture. The entire space was divided into the basics with rooms dedicated to the ceiling, window, corridor, floor, balcony, door, wall, etc. Through the passage of one room to the next, we entered into different worlds where the mere essence of what was being described was shown through an interactive instillation. My favorite, the balcony, was designed as a room with multiple red balconies overlooking and overpowering a carpeted crowd. These instillations inspired my new point of view toward a design of an interior I am currently working on in my Introduction to Interior Design class with Professor Giuseppe Bartolini. Like sanctuaries, each country displayed their country’s projects in their own buildings, showing the architects’ projects in ways that included the observer.
The second day we went into Arsenale. This long building was originally used for the production of ropes, but it was redesigned into modernity for the exhibition of Monditalia. Upon entering, to our right were 88 movies playing simultaneously with corresponding architectural projects on our left. From the beginning to the end, we were walking through the history of Italy from later times to recent. It leads to other countries’ interpretation of modernity. As I was passing from one country’s exhibit to the next, I was shocked to see the extremely different installations with the only thing separating me from the next realm were a few steps forward into the next section of this corridor. From the “Homeland” exhibition of Portugal, to walking on sand in Morocco, and then entering Latvia’s perspective on modernity; each country had a distinctly specific mood that pertains so well to that country’s description of contemporary styles.
After visiting the Biennale, I found myself completely shocked at the wide variety of projects taking place all over the world and all the new technology that will change the way we inhabit a space. This directly inspired my projects that were assigned in my Introduction to Interior Design class, for example the one that focuses on how a person moves through a space, and interacts with a store in order to reflect the designer’s vision. A new way of thinking has overcome my perception of interior design and I anticipate applying these ideas to my future projects at LdM.