Natural Architecture. Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic / Architecture Biennale Venice 2010

“Architecture is undergoing a crisis. Our buildings no longer satisfy people. It is necessary to start to create differently: in place of design and aesthetics to take inspiration from the deeper laws of nature.” This quote by architect Martin RajniÅ¡ illustrates the basic concept of the Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice / Italy.

Martin RajniÅ¡ is one of the authors of the Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic together with Jana Tichá and Irena Fialová. He is a professor of architecture at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design and the Technical University of Liverec. In 1986 he founded D.A. Studio, the first private architect’s office in Czechoslovakia. In 2005 he founded e-MRAK office, which focuses on smaller sustainable projects.

On the first of the preview days of the Biennale, we spoke with one of Martin RajniÅ¡’ students, Ondrej Senfeld, who gave us some insight into the concept of the presentation in the pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic in the Giardini.

Natural Architecture. Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic / Architecture Biennale Venice 2010. Interview with Ondrej Senfeld. 12th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice / Italy. Preview, August 26, 2010.

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