Elements of Architecture: A research-based exhibition in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) exploring the often overlooked but universally familiar elements of architecture used by any architect, anywhere, any time: floor, door, wall, ceiling, window, toilet, roltrap, lift ...
Within this concept, Sobinco was part of the “window room”.



The window used to make space, it asserted place-ness. Window seats, sills, bay windows, verandas, shutters, blinds, curtains all marked the position of the window on the façade and in the room. Since the 20th century, technological advances in window profiles and glass production have allowed many of these nuanced local components to be internalized in the window’s structures, the magically invisible window fittings. “The window became a device”

Sobinco’s imported window factory from Belgium forms the basis of this room. Real machines are polishing handles and hinges while assembled turn-tilt and pivoting window fittings are being tested. A rack with molds and small particles of window fittings produced by Sobinco is also on display. This all against a backdrop of classical English windows from the collection of Charles Brooking, salvaged from demolished English heritage.

The history and the contemporary condition of the window in one space…


Location: Venice - Giardini - Central Pavilion


07.06.2014 - 23.11.2014


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Press releases:

  • De Standaard: De elementaire deeltjes volgens Rem Koolhaas
  • Knack: Architectuurbiënnale Venetië confronteert architectuur met moderniteit
  • Design Regio Kortrijk: Sobinco uit Zulte op de Architectuurbiënnale van Venetië