“Freespace” new theme of Venice architecture biennale 2018

The most well-known project of Grafton Architects is the Engineering and Technology University in Lima, Peru (realised in collaboration with Shell Arquitectos and opened in 2016)

Freespace is the theme chosen by Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, curators of Venice Architecture Biennale  2018.

“Freespace encompasses freedom to imagine, the free space of time and memory, binding past, present and future together, building on inherited cultural layers, weaving the archaic with the contemporary.

We see the earth as Client. This brings with it long-lasting responsibilities. Architecture is the play of light, sun, shade, moon, air, wind, gravity in ways that reveal the mysteries of the world. All of these resources are free,”  

from the curatorial statement of Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, directors of Dublin based Grafton Architects.


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