The Russian Pavilion of the 2012 Venice Biennale “Common Ground”, will feature the Innovation City “Skolkovo”, providing architectural solutions inspired by the great potential of advanced information technology. The two floors of the Russian pavilion, built almost 100 years ago by the project of A. B. Shusev, will divide the exhibition in half. The first floor will display a history of Soviet science cities, while the second floor features the Innovation City, Skolkovo itself.
Thirty winners of the residential quarters competition’s first round will be presented, which includes Saltans Architects (SA_I) design work by many international architects, including Biennale director David Chipperfield. The exhibition will allow visitors to enter into the world of Innovation City and use the newest IT-technologies to contribute to the research.
Grigory Revzin, commissioner of the pavilion, stated: “Skolkovo is a high-tech project, it’s all about innovation, about new levels of living, about how science and modern technologies come into human’s life. That is why our exposition is an exceptional one this year. We have created a space that is physical and visual at the same time.”General planners of Skolkovo, architects Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov of SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov have been asked to curate the event. The opening ceremony will be August 27, 2012.