Get ready for the ‘Irish biennale’ as architects take on Venice
The 16th Venice exhibition, curated by Grafton Architects, will highlight the humanity of Irish market towns
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Interior of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft. Photograph: Nathan Benn/Corbis via Getty Images
This year’s 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens in May, is bound to become known as the “Irish biennale”. Not only is it being curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, but there will also be numerous other Irish architects involved in the main exhibition -- and Ireland’s own pavilion, of course.
It will be an unprecedented international showcase for some of our best and brightest designers. Sixty-five countries have lined up to participate, each with its own national pavilion, while more than 70 invited architects from all over the world will also be responding in different ways to the “Freespace” theme set by Farrell and McNamara for the six-month-long exhibition.