Experience Greenland: Exhibition at the Architecture Biennale in Venice
Extreme cold, wind, snow and ice are part of everyday life in Greenland. These extreme conditions have influenced the design of the visitor centre in the Ilulissat Icefjord, a glacier landscape that was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004. Basing the “Conditions” installation on this building project, Dorte Mandrup brings a bit of Greenland to the main exhibition of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Two years ago, the Danish architectural firm Dorte Mandrup won the closed competition. It will be another two years before the Icefjord Centre near the coastal town of Ilulissat welcomes nature-loving visitors and climate researchers to this distinctive venue.
Instead of filling the exhibition with simple facts about the building, Dorte Mandrup gives visitors an impression of the extreme living conditions in Greenland. The installation enables them to experience the rugged and magnificent natural landscape first hand. The architect has staged a minimalist 1:12 model of the cultural centre in a scenery of light and sound. Changing lighting atmospheres reflect the course of a day in a seemingly endless landscape, while the noise of whistling winds underscores the visual impressions.