details, pavilion, India, Venice Biennale, Carlo Scarpa, culture
This thesis proposes a national pavilion for India at the Venetian Arsenal, one of the sites for the Venice Biennale. The design of a pavilion for India at the Venice Biennale is an opportunity to understand architecture as a vehicle that illustrates values that are simultaneously universal, and culturally specific. While the proposed Indian pavilion incorporates the details that define Indian architecture, they are appropriated to the highly articulate Venetian context because principally, Indian architecture is malleable and fits within its local environment. This cross-cultural representation is accomplished through symbolic relationships to natural elements and site, abstract architectonic form and space, and in particular construction detailing. In this regard, it becomes important to consider the details and material palette of Carlo Scarpa’s work in Northern Italy. Scarpa produces coherent details that exude the culturally rooted architecture of Venice. Improvising the functional components of Indian architecture to fit into the context of Venice would expand India’s global discourse, giving rise to new myths and metamorphosing architecture in India.
Kadam, Rajkumar, "Details Matter: A Pavilion for India in Venice" (2017). Architecture Senior Theses. 413.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.