The Danish Pavilion in Venice
Elgaard Architecture was asked to prepare a potential analysis of The Danish Pavilion in Venice by the Danish Arts Foundation’s Architecture Committee. The pavilion is an older building which is facing a number of structural challenges, and hence an overall assessment of its future prospects is relevant when evaluating the optimisation of it as an exhibition venue.
The pavilion is of great importance in terms of exposure of Danish art and architecture to an international audience. It is vital that Denmark attend the Biennale and have done so since its inception in 1895 and since 1932 in our own national pavilion.
Potential analysis – restoration
Giardini della Biennale, Venedig
A Display Window for Danish Art and Architecture
The architect Carl Brummer (1864-1953) was the brain behind Denmark’s classically inspired pavilion, which he was granted permission to erect in Giardini di Castello after several meetings with the magistrate of Venice. At first, the magistrate didn’t approve of more pavilions in the park as he thought that the park had reached its saturation point.
A Multitude of Challenges
The current challenges largely consist of problems with the thermal conditions in the building, i.e. high humidity levels and lack of heat sources. In addition, the existing power installations are not sufficient to illuminate the exhibitions, and there is no possibility of using the Internet for interactive exhibitions. Furthermore, the pavilion is undermined by the large trees nearby it, which causes problems with the floors. Lack of protection against torrential rain has also become a real problem in Venice, just as in Denmark.