Play for Real
15e Internationale Architectuurtentoonstelling
la Biennale di Venezia
28 mei-27 november 2016
51N4E is a Brussels-based international practice dealing with matters of architectural design, concept development and strategic spatial transformations. It is led by Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn and is at present 30 people strong.
The office was founded in 1998 and gained exposure through projects such as TID Tower Tirana (2004-2016), Lamot (2005), C-Mine (2010), Skanderbeg Square (2008) or Budafabriek (2012), and territorial strategies like Bordeaux 50.000 or Bruxelles Metropole 2040.
51N4E has been rewarded with different international prizes, has been exhibited in venues like BOZAR (Brussels) or the Architectural Association (London) and has been the subject of several publications.
In the wake of its work on TID Tower in Tirana, a series of Albanian projects have emerged from 2004 on. Overall, the office has engaged in 29 projects, some of which are already realized, while others are still in the making. 51N4E’s long term involvement in Albania has introduced the idea of architecture as a potential tool to assist urban and social transformations. It has also allowed various Belgian companies to work in that country for the first time, thus exporting Belgian know-how, and has participated in creating a Belgian-Albanian network.
51N4E at 15th Venice Architecture Biennale
51N4E was invited to exhibit its design for TID Tower (which opened this spring in Tirana, Albania) at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.
This edition, entitled Reporting from the Front, is curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, recipient of the 2016 Pritzker Prize, and will focus on “sharing with a broader audience, the work of people who are scrutinizing the horizon looking for new fields of action, facing issues like segregation, inequalities, peripheries, (...) informality (...) and the participation of communities.”
Play for Real
51N4E’s participation, entitled Play for Real, will revolve around TID Tower - the largest architectural project ever lauched in Albania - and will present not only the tower but also its context. The installation will be made up of a large scale model presenting the architectural object, a movie putting it in context, a text and a facade panel from the tower. It will be presented in the Corderie dell’Arsenale.
How Things Meet
A book, entitled How Things Meet and released mid-May 2016 by Gent based publisher Art Press Editions, will be also be presented in the exhibition. It presents TID Tower along with a selection of 51N4E’s Albanian projects. It will contain pictures by Italian photographer Stefano Graziani, short stories by Albanian writer Falma Fshazi as well as graphic material produced by 51N4E for the past 12 years. It will also be presented along with the model and movie, thus providing an insight into the engagement of the office in Albania since 2004.