The Electa book pavilion at the Venice Biennial, designed by James Stirling: the union of typically Venetian nautical and settlement images.
[Electa book pavilion at the Venice Biennial] Opened in 1991, for the 5th international architecture exhibition of the Venice Biennial, the Electa book pavilion, designed by James Stirling, is located in the space in front of the entrance to the gardens. It is a long one-storey construction with a structure in metal and glass, functionally divided into two parts.
The book, thanks to a fine selection of drawings and images, illustrates the long process of formal manipulation of the pavilion during the design phase.
From the preliminary studies, involving a sort of kiosk with an octagonal base, to the successive hypotheses of rectangular volumes with pitched roofing, with a curved end juxtaposed with the entrance volume, surmounted by a chimney, to the final metamorphosis: a modern naval character, ironically displayed in the belvedere deck placed on the roof, overlaps, in unresolved dualism, with the simple theme of the cabin.