Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

becoming, the motto chosen for the Spanish Pavilion in
this edition of the Venice Biennale 2018, presents Spanish
architecture as seen from learning environments, by means of
actions, discourses and pieces of work developed by a
wonderful set of architects that during the last years have
questioned the limits and conditions previously assumed by our
becoming by means of a critical approach put into practice,
discovers the complexity of our operational logics, in an open
intellectual experience where students cook up their
becoming understands the curatorial project as a research
project and the Venice Biennale as an opportunity to confront
concepts and ideas, where the pavilion becomes an invitation
to go over the basis of architectural practice and what is
going on in our planet.
becoming is built via the means of 55 terms that relate to
architecture: not the architecture of the future but the one
of the present; an alternative present which explores new ways
of carrying out the profession, with different formats,
interests and emerging topics which require other tools, other
capacities and other ways of looking at them
becoming draws on the floor these 55 adjectives which
spatially organize the works tattooed on the walls of the
regained pavilion, currently empty, transformed by Vaquero
Palacios in 1952. With no hierarchical order, no categories
and from all the different scales at the same time, the 435
selected contributions by a board of experts via a public open
call, are placed by closeness and affinity, sharing issues of
concern and ways of being in the world.

becoming turns the pavilion into a freespace that can be read
as a data base or as an immersive landscape where each visitor
chooses his/her speed and his/her way through the material
space and the virtual one. (
The Biennale comes to an end, but becoming continues; it
remains on the internet and in the garden at the rear end of
this small pavilion, created by all of us, during the next six

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Comisaria del Pabellón de España en la Bienal
de Arquitectura de Venecia 2018
Curator at the Spanish Pavilion for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia 2018

Atxu Amann

Comisarios Adjuntos Curatorial Team
Andrés Cánovas, María Mallo, Nicolás Maruri
y Gonzalo Pardo

Imagen y pabellón virtual Image and virtual pavilion

Equipo de diseño Design Team
gráfica futura + Ioannes Busca
+ Open this end + Temperaturas Extremas
Intervención exterior Outdoors Intervention
Ana Matos, Iñigo Ocamica, Antonio Samaniego
e Iñigo Tudanca

Participantes Participants

Estudiantes de entornos educativos españoles

Equipo de expertos Expert Commitee
Alberto Alarcón, Eva Álvarez, Irma Arribas,
Uriel Fogué, Manuel Gausa, Andrés Jaque,
María Langarita, José Morales, Enrique Nieto,
Guadalupe Piñera, Almudena Ribot
y Juana Sánchez

Colaboradores Collaborators
After Belonging, Victoria Acebo, Carlos Arroyo,
Pedro Astigarraga, José Ballesteros, Maite Borjabad,
Nerea Calvillo, Iñaki Carnicero, Izaskun Chinchilla,
Raquel Congosto, Juan Domingo Santos, Javier Echeverría, Alberto Estévez, Guillermo Fernández Abascal, Jacobo Gª-Germán, Susana García Bujalance, Paula García Masedo, Andrea González, María José Ferrero Ibargüen, Juan Herreros, Manuel Jiménez, Amparo Lasén, MAIO, Josep Maria Montaner, Nacho Martín, Vicente Monroy, Paula Montoya, Zaida Muxi, Alberto Nanclares_Basurama, n’UNDO, Manuel Ocaña, Manuel Pascual_Zuloark,
Ana Peñalba, José Pérez de Lama, Pedro Pitarch, Carlos Quintans, Sampling Contexts (Begoña de Abajo Castrillo, Enrique Espinosa Pérez, Carlos García Fernández, Eva Gil Lopesino, Ángela Juarranz Serrano, Álvaro Martín Fidalgo
y Borja Sallago Zambrano), Renata Sentkiewicz, Ter, Eduardo Vivanco y Remedios Zafra

Gestión de contenidos Content Management
Luis Álvarez, Kiara Firpi, Alba González, David J. Iniesta, Elena M. Millana, Aida Red y Fernando Segovia

Traducción Translation
Ángela O’Driscoll

Fotografía y video Photography and video
imagen subliminal
Music: Revolution Void

Comunicación y medios Media
Paty Núñez Agency

Producción Production
Clorofila Digital, Pellisa Ràfols y Nuonled

Con el apoyo de Supporters
Sika, Don Apolonio, Pata Negra, La Española, Don Simón, Auara , Kriskadecor, Ecoluciona, Elisa Tomat, Jaulas abiertas, Cosentino y Constructora San José

Agradecimientos Acknowledgments
Kirssy Vasquez, Pablo Bes, Laura Luengo, Sara Miguélez,
Franco Longo, Inés Maruri, Andrés Rubio y Fabio Tentellini

Architects: Various, gon architects


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28004, Madrid, SPAIN

gon is a Madrid-based architecture and design office headed by Gonzalo Pardo since 2014. His practice focuses on research and development of singular architectural projects of different scales ranging from urban planning to buildings to interior construction.

The common denominator of his works is a playful, experimental, critical and optimistic view of the contemporary. In a constant dialogue based on observation and details, his interest focuses on the creative processes of architectural design and construction, as well as the role of mediation and communication of architecture as fundamental vehicles for transforming the world into a place more sustainable, worthy and free.

Gonzalo Pardo is an architect from ETSAM (School of Architecture of Madrid) since 2007, and has a PhD in Architecture since 2016. His thesis “Body and House: Towards the contemporary domestic space from the transformations of the kitchen and bathroom in the West” obtained the outstanding Cum Laude rating, and received for it the 2016-2017 Extraordinary Doctoral Thesis Award and an honorable mention in the XI call for the Arquia Foundation Thesis Contest.

Since 2007 he teaches as a visiting professor at different universities and institutions, in subjects with the common denominator of being linked to the project, as in the European Institute of Design (IED), in Madrid; the Illiois Institute of Technology (IIT), in Chicago, United States; Lund University, in Sweden, and the Master in Collective Housing (MCH), in Madrid. He has been a professor in the Master in Architectural Communication (MaCA) and in the Master in Advanced Projects (MPAA) of the Department of Architectural Projects at ETSAM.

He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at ETSAM, where he teaches undergraduate projects. Member of the Hypermedia research group: Communication Workshop and Architectural Configuration, he directs doctoral theses as a teacher and researcher, as well as numerous End of Master’s Projects (TFM) and Final Degree Projects (TFG).

He has been deputy curator of the Spanish pavilion at the 16th Venice Biennale, and since 2000 he has obtained 41 national and international awards, including the first prize for the remodeling of the AZCA block in Madrid in 2007; the second prizes in the international Skyscraper contests, in New York, and Velux, in Denmark, in 2007; COAM award in 2014 for the Paréntesis curator cycle, and honorable mention in the Europan 14 competition at the Barcelona location. His projects and built work have been widely disseminated in national and international, physical and virtual media.