A C$3m project to restore the Canadian pavilion and its surrounding landscape could change the way Venice Biennale visitors navigate the entire Giardini complex. The change of visitor flow through the park is an unexpected by-product of efforts to renovate the 1950s pavilion. The restored building and the exhibition, Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice, are due to be unveiled at the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale on 26 May.
The renowned Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Bryce Gauthier of Enns Gauthier Landscape Architects, were hired to revamp the landscape. While Gauthier says it was essentially an exercise in “addition by subtraction” as much work involved cleaning up overgrown areas, his team did construct one new element: a large sculpture deck at the back.