16th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
26 May - 25 Nov 2018
Left to right: Li Tavor, Ani Vihervaara, Matthew van der Ploeg and Alessandro Bosshard. Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, May 2018 receiving the Golden Lion, 26 May 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
The 16th International Architecture Exhibition takes place in Venice from 26 May to 25 November 2018 (Preview May 24th and 25th) at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as at various venues in the city. The main exhibition, entitled «Freespace», is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

For the first time, Pro Helvetia chose the Swiss contribution by means of a competition. Eligible for participation were architects and interdisciplinary teams operating in the field of architecture. After a two-phase competition on a selective procedure basis, Pro Helvetia decided to entrust the realization of the Swiss participation in the 16th Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2018 to Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara with their project «Svizzera 240: House Tour» . The exhibition focuses on the unfurnished interior of contemporary housing by celebrating a peculiar form of architectural representation — the «house tour».

The project «Svizzera 240: House Tour» by Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation.

Entitled En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline, the «Salon Suisse» 2018 is directed by Marcel Bächtiger, Tim Kammasch and Stanislas Zimmermann, with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti . A programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, the «Salon Suisse» takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​