Stories about buildings at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

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  • Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014

A wall of beautifully carved window frames from the 18th century in the central pavilion; it is contrasted with the machines of a Belgian window factory in the centre of the room (not pictured) that produces aluminium frames.

The renowned architect Rem Koolhaas lays open a century of architecture in Venice and questions the field’s relevance today.

A shiny tangle of pumps and pipes spills out above a suspended polystyrene ceiling in the central pavilion of the Venice Biennale, the metallic guts of air conditioning and sprinkler systems sliced open for all to see. Above this cross-section of a contemporary office ceiling, which hovers claustrophobically close to your head, soars a majestic dome, frescoed with heroic scenes of the evolution of art.

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