This year OfficeUS converted the United States pavilion at the Venice Biennale into a temporary architecture studio. The organizers of the project, Storefront for Art and Architecture, have selected eight (8) designers, two duos and four individual practitioners, to setup shop inside the pavilion and work from there for the five month duration of the show.
The plan is for the designers to produce unspecified architectural projects based on a set of 25 issues—”Best Practices, Trojan Horses, Magical States, and Little Americas,” among them—one for each week of the exhibition. The organizers devised the list while creating a large repository of documents, models and material samples representing some 1,000 projects realized abroad by 200 American architecture firms over the course of the last 100 years. The archive will serve as raw material for the designers’ work.
Designers will be able to use the HP Z420 workstations and HP ZBook Mobile Workstations powered by AMD FirePro professional graphics to design their projects. They will also be able to print to the HP DesignJet T520 ePrinter and display printed material at the exhibit.
The pavilion was presented to the press on the 4th and 5th of June. An opening dinner, which took place at InParadiso included a three course meal inspired by the repository and designed by two of the OfficeUS architects who run the architecture practice Cooking Section. For the dinner, the architects designed specialty table cloths printed on the HP Designjet T520 ePrinter that highlighted the stories that inspired the dishes.
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