The U.S. Pavilion for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale is an experimental architecture office that researches and remakes projects from an on-site archive of 1,000 buildings and 200 United States–based architecture offices. Leong Leong’s design for the U.S. Pavilion is a prototype workspace that reflects upon the future of the architectural office and the legacy of the last 100 years of United States architectural production.
The Pavilion responds to the theme of the XIV Architecture Biennale, “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014,” by focusing on the ways in which the space, structures, and protocols of the U.S. architectural office have participated in the construction of Modernity. The concept, developed in collaboration with curators Ana Miljacki (MIT), Ashley Schafer (Praxis), and Eva Franch (Storefront for Art and Architecture), goes beyond the typical exhibition experience to create a living architecture office.
The office in turn challenges conventions of contemporary workspaces and reanimates the role of history in architectural design..