Venice, Italy

Ben Bauer, Noy Lazarovich, Dr. Yael Eylat Van-Essen, Dr. Ido Bachelet

Venice 15th architecture biennale, Israeli pavilion


Dacian Groza

LifeObject is the Israeli pavilion for the 15th architecture biennale in Venice. The project included the curation and design of the overall pavilion, an experimental large-scale spatial installation, the constitution of an interdisciplinary platform of scientists and architects for architectural speculation, and the editing of a book.

The LifeObject exhibition revolves around the biological paradigm that has been attracting increasing interest in the field of contemporary architecture. From the nano-scale of individual cells to larger global environmental phenomena and from materials to the resulting structures and urban spaces they create, the exhibition examines new relations taking shape between human beings and their environment.

The aim of LifeObject is to constitute a platform for dialogue between architecture and science as a formative process in Israeli space. As such, it operates on a scale which supersedes the dimensions of the display. The exhibition sets the ground for  speculative architectural scenarios related to ecology, sociology, and politics at various sites in Israel. Some of these proposals can be actualized, while others constitute new visions for the future. The conceptual foundation of the LifeObject exhibition centres upon resilience, an essential element of biological systems that refers to their ability to cope with shock or trauma. This concept has increased significance for Israel and its geo-political context, where states of crisis continually arise, greatly influencing quality of life and spatial design.

A conceptual envelope for the exhibition is a biological-architectural phrasebook that pairs biological concepts alongside their architectural equivalents, and serves as a tagging system spread throughout the exhibition.

At the centre of the exhibition is the physical LifeObject, a research installation that integrates artificial and natural elements into an organic system based on an analysis of a bird’s nest. An experimental research approach to matter combines composite, smart, and biological materials to form a “living structure” that responds to its environment. It proposes a new way of thinking about systems of architectural production that operate simultaneously according to coded and random principles, a cross product of advanced technology and crafted fabrication.