Canadian architects featured in Time-Space-Existence exhibition at Venice Architecture Biennale

The work of three Canadian architects will be featured in the TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena.

Edge House by Fook Weng Chan. Photo by: Peter Powles, Fook Weng Chan
Edge House by Fook Weng Chan. Photo by: Peter Powles, Fook Weng Chan

FWC Architecture is a small studio based in Vancouver that focuses solely on the design of custom homes. It has worked on projects from laneway and guesthouses to estate homes, with both modest and generous budgets. The firm is often engaged to work on challenging waterfront, cliff-side or mountain top homes. Its work has been predominantly on the west coast of Canada, with the occasional project in the USA and other parts of the world.

The curators cited FWC Architecture’s consistent body of work that demonstrates a strong relationship to the environment unique to the Pacific West Coast, craft, poetry and its methodology which involves offering to invest time in living with owners and camping on sites at the start of the design process.

54 Maryland, a project in progress by 2architecture.
54 Maryland, a project in progress by 2architecture.

2architecture is a Winnipeg-based studio founded in 2013. Engaged in a diverse range of residential and commercial projects throughout Canada, it aims to provide sophisticated, sustainable and socially responsible design. It believes in the value of constraint, the significance of proper execution and the importance of collaboration.

Installation at the Time-Space-Existence exhibition by [EBA]C
Installation at the Time-Space-Existence exhibition by EBA[M]+[C]

EBA[M]+[C] is a firm founded by Arash Mozafari, based in Iran and Canada. The studio considers itself an experimental branch of contemporary architecture which, based on experimentation in the field of architectural culture and knowledge, endeavours to play a role in the development of cities and living environment. EBA[M] + [C] regards experimentation and practice as an essential commitment in exploring different fields of architecture ad urbanism.

The TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE exhibition will be held at the European Cultural Centre’s Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Bembo in the heart of Venice.  Organized by the non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation, the exhibition selects around 100 international architects from almost 40 countries to display their work side-by-side.  The curators intentionally select known, unknown and emerging voices; large firms and small.  

Larger practices included in this year’s show include Fumihiko Maki (Japan), Peter Eisenman (USA), GMP (Germany), Ten Arquitectos (Mexico), Shatotto (Bangladesh), WOHA (Singapore), Estudio Botteri-Connell (Ecuador) and many others.