4. Austrian Pavilion – Places for people
Commissioner/Curator: Elk Elke Delugan-Meissl with Liquid Frontiers. Exhibitors: Caramel architects, EOOS, the next ENTERprise architects.
The Austrian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale titled Orte Für Menschen (Places for People), focuses on the creation of innovative housing solutions required to handle Austria’s current refugee crisis. The pavilion displays three projects currently underway in Vienna, where three architect teams have been paired with NGOs to convert abandoned buildings into temporary accommodation for asylum seekers, and later, into long-term residences.
Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, the exhibition consists of three elements of equal size and proportion: a concrete platform in front of the pavilion, 20 stacks of posters depicting refugees in their current housing situation, and a long desk displaying the three housing projects.
According to the pavilion’s curators, “the objectives of these interventions are to subject the social responsibility of architecture to a reality check, to provide humane places to live for those affected and to present the results in Venice to a broader public.”