Where to find a quite place at a busy Venice Biennial

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Space4architecture creates a scaled down, minimal retreat in the heart of bustling Venice

At the Time Space Existence exhibition in Venice, Space4architecture are experimenting with scale and proportion. Their installation at Palazzo Mora is so compact, in fact, that only one or two people can enter at a time — offering visitors moments of privacy in the otherwise frenzied environment of the Venice Biennale 2018. In a new short video with S4A principal Clementina Ruggieri and founder Michele Busiri-Vici, they discuss why they were drawn to such a narrow space. With a focus on individual experience, S4A set out to make ‘make sense out of a room without a purpose’. Inspired by the Italian calle — the narrow streets present throughout Venice — and the slender proportions of the space, S4A introduced a slanted panel that split the room into two contrasting spaces, creating a room within a room. The resulting space, filled with natural light, provides a quite and intimate destination away from the busy environment of the exhibition. The video also offers a look at earlier prototypes that had been considered for the space, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how a design comes into fruition.



Space4architecture (S4A) is an award-winning New York based architectural design studio working across different scales and typologies. Space4Architecture (S4A) was founded in New York in 1999 by Michele Busiri-Vici. Together with current partner Clementina Ruggieri, they share a professional and academic background from both the US and Europe. The firm is an award winning and internationally recognized New York based architectural design studio working across different scales an typologies, from large scale residential buildings and hospitality to houses, interiors and custom furniture.Currently Clementina is teaching at Columbia University, while Michele is a frequent visiting critic at leading US schools, including Pratt Institute, Columbia University and Rhode Island School of Design.


Time Space Existence is an international exhibition organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation and the European Cultural Centre and runs in parallel to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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