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, which is part of the Danish cultural heritage abroad, is an older building 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.
Potential analysis – restoration
Danish Arts Foundation’s architectural committee
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.
After World War II and the increasing interest in the biennale, Brummer’s pavilion was in danger of demolition due to considerations of erecting a new one or becoming part of the joint Nordic pavilion. In 1958, the Royal Building Inspector Peter Koch (1905-80) was commissioned to design an extension to the Danish pavilion, though.
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.
Top photo: Anders Sune Berg