Portugal Pavillion at the "Venice Biennale"
Direcção Geral das Artes
Souto Moura Arquitectos, SA
The Portugal Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, designed by the architect Souto Moura and Angelo de Sousa, is part of the theme "Out here: disquiet Architecture."
It was demanded a façade structure of approximately 20x12m² to support a mirror that covers up the single floor of the Fondaco Marcello Building approaching the adjacent buildings height.
A steel structure was developed, functioning as a huge outdoor highly susceptible to wind action. This conditioning action forced the transport of the structure to the interior of the building through a set of metal profiles that cross the façade windows.
The obligation to keep intact the existing building increases the complexity of the problem, leading to the dimensioning of a concrete counterweight set that holds the interior structure and ensures the stability against the horizontal wind action.
For the interior of the exhibition halls were developed structures to support the interior mirrors, subsequently lightened, creating the environment desired by the authors of the exhibition.