Paper Pavilion in San Stae

Borhnouse exhibition, 2008

The project was designed by Meganom office in collaboration with architect Yuri Avvakumov, who curated the BornHouse exhibition within the XI Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Our object was designed to be exposed in the venetian church of San Stae. Pavilion was built in the church's main nave, around the tomb of Doge Alviso II Mocenigo.

The pavilion had a shape of a house covered with a gabled roof. Construction of the walls and the roof was simply a double shell made of corrugated cardboard panels. Space between the two layers of carboard held hidden artefacts, seen only through the perforation in the walls. A binocular-looking pattern was cut both through the external and internal layers to create an intimate visual experience. Having come closely to the perforated mesh, one could watch the artefacts and look further all the way through — around the insides of the pavilion or towards the interiors of the church.

After the exhibition in Venice, the Paper Pavilion was moved to Lille.

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LOCATION San Stae church, Venice, Italy
CLIENT BornHouse
YEAR 2008
STATUS built
PROGRAM pavilion
TEAM Y. Grigoryan, P. Ivanchikov, I. Kouleshov, A. Pavlova, Y. Kuznezov, S. Rastorguev
CURATOR Y. Avvakumov
PHOTO Y. Avvakumov