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UPDATE: British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

18 July 2013
by Alastair Donald


The British Council has announced details of the next stage of the selection process for the British Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. The Biennale will take place from 7 June to 23 November 2014. The title of the 2014 Biennale is “Fundamentals” and overall Director Rem Koolhaas has called on national pavilions to respond to the theme “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”.


An open call for proposals was launched in May this year and after meeting to discuss the shortlist on 5 July the Selection Committee came to the conclusion that they would like to see two proposals developed further before making a final decision. This will give the committee further opportunity to explore the ideas and assess which project is best suited to the pavilion. The two teams are David Knight/Oliver Wainwright/Finn Williams and FAT/Crimson/Owen Hatherley. Both will be awarded an honorarium of £750 and asked to work further on refining their proposals before the Selection Committee reconvenes to make a final decision.


Committee chair, Vicky Richardson said “We were very pleased with the level of interest from all areas of the profession and to receive 48 submissions.  Because the commissioning process for this Biennale started much earlier than usual, the committee decided that the additional time could be used most productively by giving two of teams the chance to develop their ideas and allowing the committee further opportunity to explore them. We expect to make an announcement about the curatorial team next month.”


British Pavilion Selection Committee

David Bickle, Partner, Hawkins\Brown

Adrian Forty, Professor of Architectural History, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic for the Financial Times

Philip Long, Director, V&A at Dundee

Irena Murray, Architectural Historian and Senior Research Fellow, Royal Institute of British Architects

Jane and Louise Wilson, artists

Chair: Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council