Dream & Nature

La Biennale di Venezia 2018

The project of the Pavilion of Catalonia at the Biennale di Venezia is based on a recurrent idea by RCR Arquitectes to represent their dream of nature. A world of dreams that comes from La Vila in Olot, an new experimental laboratory for architecture, and is presented as an exhibition made exclusively for the biennale.

In the pavilion, the abstraction generated by light, the enveloping plastic material and hundreds of hanging Fresnel lenses, aim to immerse the visitor in a sensorial experience in which the limits of the space are blurred. Light projections and graphical representations on some of the lenses, reveals the most intimate universe inhabited by Rafael, Carme and Ramon, 2017 Pritzker winners.

The lighting design generates a dreamlike atmosphere. As the light interacts with the plastic materials and lenses, it creates multiple effects and light densities throughout the different exhibition zones, immersing visitors in an ambience that strengthens the architectural concept.

Client: Institut Ramon Llull
Architect: RCR Arquitectes
Commissioner: Pati Núñez + Estel Ortega
Awards: Darc Awards 2018, 2nd Prize Winner
Photo: ©Giuseppe Dall'Arche