Cyprus Pavilion - URBAN RADICALS
Cyprus Pavilion, 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2021

In 2021, we were selected by the Cyprus Architects Association and Ministry of Culture, to curate and design the National Pavilion for Cyprus, at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 

Taking the pavilion’s original domestic typology as a point of departure, the exhibition scales up one of the most archetypical structures and social objects, the table, into a quasi-monumental form, establishing a space for gathering, encrusted with narratives of craft, collectivity, community and play.

The project responded to Hashim Sarkis’ curatorial question “How Will We Live Together?”, and in a time of international protocols of enforced distancing, imagines and explores spatial experiences that occur when inhabiting distances becomes a paradigm for new ways of being, living and working together.

The notion of Anachoresis, as explicated by Roland Barthes in “How to live together”, denotes an abrupt departure into spaces of atypical and idiorrhythmic manifestations of cohabitation. In the Cyprus Pavilion, Anachoresis has been introduced as an act which takes place on the convergence of urban-public and domestic-private spaces, where the distances between the two are blurred and inhabited.

Conceived as a schema and ideogram, the table is sequenced in three stages:  piling: support structures (z), levelling: tabletops (xy) and activating: the objects and processes that inhabit the surface (xyz).


Cyprus Pavilion

Type: Room

Location: Venice, Italy

Size: 84m2

For:La Biennale di Venezia , Cyprus ministry of culture

Status: Completed

Featured in: La biennale, New Generations, ArchDaily, E-flux, Cyprus Mail, Phileleftheros, Vuoto


Curators: ERa Savvides and Nasios Varnavas (Urban Radicals), Marina Christodoulidou, Evagoras Vanezis

Exhibitors: Urban Radicals

Soundscape: Yiannis Christofides

Dance-as-design: Georgia Tegou, Michalis Theophanous

Contributors: Serhan Ahmet-Tekbas, Thanasis Ikonomou, Mariza Daouti, Eftychios Savvidis, Eleni Diana Elia, Kleanthis Rousos, Charis Nika, Sebastian Koukkides, Eleonora Antoniadou, Nayia Savva, Christophoros Kyriakides, Orestis Kyriakides, Dakis Panayiotou, Theodoulos Polyviou, Veronika Antoniou, Teresa Tourvas, Natalie Savva, Mark Rist, Rania Francis, Gergana Popova, Regner Ramos, Kleanthis Kyriakou, Brian Torres, Emilio Koutsoftides, Gabor Stark

With thanks to: Design and Making Clayworks, Oban CNC, Antaios Earth Blocks, Vassos Demetriou Ceramics, Tradition now, Cyprus Handicraft Service, Cyens, Studio Lin (Graphic Design), Archive Books, Grafiche Veneziane

Photography: Ugo Carmeni