A Floating Pavilion for Croatia at the Venice Architecture Biennale

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VENICE.- A group of leading Croatian architects, responsible for the strong presence of Croatian architecture on the international scene in recent years, has accepted a task to design a floating exhibition structure to present Croatian art and architecture at the Venice Biennale. The pavilion structure is based on an existing barge with approximate dimensions of 10 x 20 x 3 meters and is towed by a tug boat. Instead of working in the usual formats of their practices and presenting speculative projects, they decided to work together on a single proposal and to have it constructed and towed toward its final destination in Venice right away. The pavilion structure is the barge’s cargo, welded from 30 tons of Q385 wire mesh in more than 40 layers of varying contours. As it left the Kraljevica shipyard , the floating pavilion was towed to the port city of Rijeka where it was presented to the public. The steady flow of people has embraced the raw yet delicate structure as if the