David Adjaye creates black timber pyramid for Venice Structure Biennale

A pointed construction crafted from blackened wooden varieties the Kwaee pavilion, which Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye has put in at this 12 months’s Venice Structure Biennale.

Overlooking the shipyard on the Arsenale, the construction was designed as an area for reflection, gathering and occasions.

David Adjaye has put in a pavilion on the Venice Structure Biennale

Kwaee means forest in Twi, a dialect of the Akan language spoken in Ghana. The pavilion’s type and materiality had been additionally designed by Adjaye as a nod to the phrase.

Kwaee’s triangular construction is punctured by a trio of openings, together with an asymmetrical arch on its predominant elevation that gives entry inside.

pavilion at the Arsenale, Venice Architecture Biennale
It takes the type of a blackened timber pyramid

“The general design goals to help dialog and reflection, presenting doorway, platform, meeting and window in a single, unified entity,” stated Adjaye.

“By minimising discontinuity, the all-timber construction cultivates a forest of sunshine and shadow.”

Exterior view of Kwaee pavilion by David Adjaye
The pavilion is known as Kwaee after the Twi phrase for forest

Two different openings sit on the perimeters of the triangle that flank the doorway. These body views of the sky from contained in the pavilion and pop in opposition to the blackened wooden.

Kwaee’s picket construction is characterised by slats that differ in size and place, forming perforations that filter in mild whereas creating tactile, jutted surfaces internally.

Person inside the Kwaee pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale
There are perforations within the slatted construction

The raised platform inside is accessed through an angled ramp and steps. As a part of the biennale, the plan is for the pavilion to host occasions equivalent to lectures and performances associated to this 12 months’s theme, The Laboratory of the Future.

“Kwaee can also be an area for listening to the previous, through which thematically related archival storytelling, music, poetry, recitals, debates, and lectures will probably be performed,” Ajdaye stated.

Curated by architect Lesley Lokko, The Laboratory of the Future is an exploration of decarbonisation and decolonisation.

For the primary time, Africa takes centre stage on the occasion. In an interview with Dezeen, Lokko stated the continent was a “highly effective place from which to look at the problems that may dominate the subsequent century”.

David Adjaye-design Kwaee pavilion by David Adjaye at Venice Architecture Biennale
Kwaee was designed to host talks and performances

Elsewhere on the Venice Structure Biennale, Adjaye’s eponymous studio Adjaye Associates has been revealed as an architect on the Neom growth in Saudi Arabia.

The studio is listed in an exhibition concerning the controversial venture, curated by Ramon Half and produced by UK studio Squint/Opera and Italian studio We Exhibit.

David Adjaye-designed pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale
Two openings body views of the sky

Different installations on the Arsenale embody initiatives by Neri&Hu and Alison Killing, each of that are featured in our roundup of 9 initiatives that encapsulate The Laboratory of the Future.

The pictures is by Andrea Avezzù courtesy of Venice Structure Biennale.

The Venice Structure Biennale takes place from 20 Could to 26 November 2023. See Dezeen Occasions Information for all the newest data it’s good to know to attend the occasion, in addition to a listing of different structure and design occasions happening all over the world.