Venice Biennale: Raumlabor Berlin

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September 9, 2010

One of the most interesting things to see at an architecture festival is not necessarily the final aha! moment after a pavilion is finished, but the collaborative process of building. At this year's Venice Biennale, art collective Raumlabor berlin debuted 'The Generator,' an onsite participatory workshop where you can make your own 'Sedia Veneziana,' or Venetian chair.

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  At the entrance to the Giardini pavilions, visitors were greeted by this mountain that had been gradually constructed just over the past few days.
    At the entrance to the Giardini pavilions, visitors were greeted by this mountain that had been gradually constructed just over the past few days.
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  Here's a look at the wooden jig and the tools that make it so easy to churn them out.
    Here's a look at the wooden jig and the tools that make it so easy to churn them out.
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  As you can see, one chair is but a single unit in a much larger structural system.
    As you can see, one chair is but a single unit in a much larger structural system.
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  Designers Paula Hentschel and Andreas Kravth of Raumlabor berlin perch comfortably within the sculpture's nooks and crannies.
    Designers Paula Hentschel and Andreas Kravth of Raumlabor berlin perch comfortably within the sculpture's nooks and crannies.
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  'It's a really simple system. You just place the pieces where it is outlined. The back can be the seat and the seat can be the back. Anyone can make one,' Kravth remarked.
    'It's a really simple system. You just place the pieces where it is outlined. The back can be the seat and the seat can be the back. Anyone can make one,' Kravth remarked.
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  A diagrammatic way of explaining how The Generator fits into the larger picture of people gathering to build a man-made megastructure.
    A diagrammatic way of explaining how The Generator fits into the larger picture of people gathering to build a man-made megastructure.
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  Raumlabor berlin is also known to be particularly experimental with mobile and inflatable architecture that serve as pop-up gathering spaces. This is Raumlabor's Kitchen Monument, a mobile pneumatic structure that was the site for many events and discussions throughout the opening of the Biennale.
    Raumlabor berlin is also known to be particularly experimental with mobile and inflatable architecture that serve as pop-up gathering spaces. This is Raumlabor's Kitchen Monument, a mobile pneumatic structure that was the site for many events and discussions throughout the opening of the Biennale.
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  From the interior,one can experience how ethereally the space is separated, yet consciously enshrouded by its environment - basically what a perfect pavilion should be. (Minus the constant whirring of the pnuematic compressed-air engine.)
    From the interior,one can experience how ethereally the space is separated, yet consciously enshrouded by its environment - basically what a perfect pavilion should be. (Minus the constant whirring of the pnuematic compressed-air engine.)
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