patrick berger presents birds’ pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2021

le consortium-land — le consortium museum’s department for research and experimentation/architecture, social issues and environment — is invited by curator hashim sarkis to ‘how will we live together?’ the 17th international architecture exhibition; the venice architecture biennale 2021, from may 22 to november 21. it will present grancey-le-château, a world at the edge / patrick berger’s birds’ pavilion, an original installation conceived as the preview for an ever-evolving ethological architectural site that is the only one of its kind in the world. it was initiated in 2018 by le consortium-land in the town of grancey-le-château, burgundy, france.

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patrick berger, birds’ pavilion, model, 2004.
model: thierry martin and michel delarasse, 2002 © gaston f. bergeret & cécile septet

from may 2021 onward at the venice architecture biennale 2021, the birds’ pavilion’s double by patrick berger will be exhibited, accompanied by a short movie offering a perspective on the genesis and philosophy of the grancey-le-château’s ethological site, with vincianne despret, a science philosopher. the area is one of the first constantly evolving ethological architecture sites in france and the project was born in it from the following observation: architecture can be the vehicle for a symbiosis between species.

instigated by patrick berger’s impetus and in conjunction with the nouveaux commanditaires (new patrons) program established by the fondation de france, alongside the residents of grancey-le-château, le consortium-land has invited aristide antonas (greece) and junya ishigami (japan) to imagine architectural constructions based on the relationship between humans and animals, considered from various angles. the guest architects conceived their habitation projects as an intermediate between human and animal architecture, whether by building for animal use or by tapping into the lessons learned from animal architecture to benefit an equal relationship between species.

at the core of the development of the grancey-le-château site, is an ethological direction, ethology being the scientific discipline that studies the behavior of species, including the human species. this experimental model proposes to define in the long-term future housing projects for differentiated, peripheral territories and geographies, whether in france or elsewhere.

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grancey-le-château, burgundy, france © consortium museum,
image by antoine espinasseau

project info:

name: grancey-le-château, a world at the edge with patrick berger’s birds’ pavilion presented at the 17th international architecture exhibition – la biennale di venezia

designers: le consortium-land with patrick berger, aristide antonas, junya ishigami

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edited by: yasmina karam | designboom

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