Vessel, by Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey

Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Above is Vessel, by Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey. A towering lattice of Irish Sitka spruce, referencing Venice’s maritime roots and intended as a place for contemplation of the surrounding exhibits. Via Memo to Venice Architecture Biennale, by Steve Rose for the Guardian. Elsewhere, he summed up the Biennale scene as Starchitects and squattersthere are chasms splitting the world of architecture….In this context, the social utopianism of the mid-20th century is seen with something approaching nostalgia…The ground is not common, but it is definitely shifting.

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