The Slovenian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018 started with the slogan Living With Water; how architects could respond to a growing pressure from climate change. The task was therefore to investigate Slovenia’s position towards water policies and management, as well as looking towards future for innovative solutions and radical architectural thought to change we think of building on or in proximity to water.

Slovenia is one of the greenest countries with abundant water sources, and had written in its institution water as a human basic write. Yet water management and ownership varies according to different regions and tends to be inadequate in more mountainous regions especially. If architects traditionally aimed at keeping water within its boundaries and create clear boundaries, special attention was given to architectural solutions that operate within the domain of porous materials.

The design of the pavilion itself was made with reference to great Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik and his proposal for Slovenia’s parliament building in the 1940s. The design being inherently monumental, the architect included a fountain beneath the parliament chamber – symbol of wisdom and temperance. The pavilion was therefore conceived as a parliament chamber where six political stances on water management were brought together to be discussed and compared between each other not in a confrontational manner, but in a contemplative one around a fountain.

Slovenian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018

Comissioner: Matevž Čelik, Museum of Architecture Ljubljana (MAO)

Curators: Ana Abram, Tim Daniel Battelino, Bika Rebek, Matevz Granda, Nina Granda, Miloš Kosec, Marta Vahtar, Matt Choot, Maj Plemenitaš, David Klein, Bradley Cantrell, Ulrika Karlsson, Moa Carlsson

Exhibition Design: Some Place Studio

Funded by: Museum Of Architecture Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture Slovenia, Strle Svetila

Supported by: Costella Water