Today, a new exhibition opened in Venice featuring the work of the global architecture and engineering practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Presented at the European Cultural Centre, “Time Space Existence” is a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. The show includes work from leading architects, photographers, sculptors, and universities from around the world.
“Time Space Existence” invites participants to explore these three fundamental themes as they relate to the design of the built environment. By presenting architectural design projects together with photography and sculpture, the exhibition seeks to establish a dialogue between current and past projects, ideas, and thoughts in art and architecture. The wide-ranging exhibition includes models, concepts, and research, placing architectural installations in context with work by contemporary artists.
SOM’s contribution is an exhibit titled “Scale + Form” that investigates the intersection of urbanism, architecture, and structural design. Expanding on the firm’s research initiatives, the exhibit highlights ideas brought to life by SOM’s collaborative and integrated architecture, structural engineering, and urban design practices.
“Scale + Form” is spread across two rooms in the historic Palazzo Mora. It includes an immersive video installation that examines the firm’s interdisciplinary design methodology, with contributions from SOM’s design teams around the world. Projected on three walls of Palazzo Mora’s grand staircase, the video illuminates core values that inform each design project at SOM: simplicity, structural clarity, and sustainability.