“World’s first seamless glass structure” to be designed for Venice Biennale


The Venice Architecture Biennale this summer will be featuring Japanese architect Kohki Hiranuma’s shell-like structure that will curve around visitors.

The project is proposed for the entrance courtyard of the 18th century Palazzo Mora, while the Glastecture itself will be conceived as a load-bearing structure built from nothing but bent glass. This will create a looping form that seems to have no joints, but will be held together with resin.

The architect said that the glass enclosure will appear to change shape as it reflects sunlight across the day and will offer visitors a chance to experience the garden and surrounding city with a “new sense of distance.”


Hiranuma explained that his vision was to create “spaces more close to nature” so that “environmental changes through the days bring richness in time.”

Glastecture will become part of the collateral event Time Space Existence, which will feature works of architects from six different continents.

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