The Botanical Garden at Biennale Architettura 2021

Spandrel, the installation by the curator of the Italian Pavilion Alessandro Melis and Heliopolis 21, in partnership with Padua Botanical Garden, is on display until 21st November

The International Architecture Exhibition - Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice, inaugurated on Saturday 22nd May, will be running until 21st November. 

This 17th edition, "How will we live together?", focused on new ways of living together as human beings and as communities in a natural environment at risk, hosts Spandrel, the curatorial installation of the Italian Pavilion by the architect Alessandro Melis and Heliopolis 21 in partnership with Padua Botanical Garden.

The Italian Pavilion, "Resilient Communities", aims to exhibit the serious and urgent issue of climate change and the significant challenges that architecture is called on to face.

Spandrel represents the ideal meeting point between the research on evolutionary biology by Telmo Pievani and on resilience in architecture by Alessandro Melis. Composed of three tree-like structures and spheres, the installation holds and protects glass tubes containing plant seeds from the Botanical Garden’s collection of the University of Padua.
The seeds on display, entrusted to the care of the
University Centre for Museums, belong to the Botanical Museum’s Spermoteca Italica collection. The installation includes 16,346 test tubes filled with seeds from ornamental species, species used for medicinal or food purpose, as well as seeds found in the wild.

17th International Architecture Exhibition - Biennale Architettura 2021
Italian Pavilion
From 22nd May to 21st November