AUSTRALIAN PAVILION IN VENICE

  Australian Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice. Photo by John Gollings. 

Australian Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice. Photo by John Gollings. 

The hypothetical site for the 2015 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects is the Denton Corker Marshall designed Australian Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice.

Architects were invited to submit proposals for a tapestry that would grace the 'white cube' of the interior, lit partly by a skylight. 

Australia has had a national pavilion in the prestigious Giardini since 1988 – one of only 29 countries to have a permanent national presence at the Biennale. The original pavilion, designed by Phillip Cox, was built as a temporary structure and was opened in 1988. 

Australia will be the first country to redevelop and build a 21st century pavilion in the Giardini. The new pavilion, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, will provide an elegant home to showcase the best of Australian art and architecture. The redevelopment will be delivered through a public-private partnership, in the same manner that the Philip Cox pavilion was realised a quarter of a century ago.

The new Australian Pavilion was completed in time for the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015.