Photo: Rasmus Koch


May 22 - November 21, 2021

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The exhibition is curated by Marianne Krogh,
Ph.d. from School of Architecture in Aarhus

For the Danish contribution to the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, curator Marianne Krogh and architects Lundgaard & Tranberg are creating a sensory space focused on water as a phenomenon.

The exhibiting architects Lundgaard & Tranberg worked with the phenomenon of water in designing the pavilion. Water has an immediate poetry about it that has inspired people since the dawn of humanity, and across ages and cultures. At the same time, water is a resource that is under increasing pressure as the impact of humans on the planet grows – drinking water shortages, polluted waterways, rising sea levels and human lives lost in attempts to cross water are just some of the challenges manifested in water.

​In the pavilion, visitors will become part of a sensory space where water is experienced in tamed, processed and boundless forms. Lene Tranberg, architect, explains: “The Biennale’s overriding theme, ‘How will we live together?’ has inspired us to focus on the concept of ‘connectedness’. Taking water as the physical element that connects all life on Earth as our point of departure, we’re creating a spatial architectural exhibition where water is experienced in tamed, processed and boundless states. Utilizing water as a phenomenon intensifies the experience of the pavilion’s architecture, while the social interaction that develops among the visitors within the space points to the outside world. The architecture also accentuates water, encouraging us to sense and reflect on our connectedness with others and the world, existentially and culturally.” 


The Exhibition is curated by Marianne Krogh, Ph.d. from School of Architecture in Aarhus.
Photo: Laura Stamer

Exhibiting architects: Lundgaard & Tranberg.
Photo: Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter

Examining the dynamics and circuits of water.
Photo: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

Workshop with participants from DAC, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and curator team.
Photo: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

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The Architecture Biennale in Venice

About the Architecture Biennale

The International Architecture of La Biennale di Venezia  takes place every other year in Venice, Italy, and is the largest architecture event in the world. More than 60 nations exhibit in the historic pavilions in the Giardini district, at the Arsenale and all over the city. The Danish pavilion is one of the most popular pavilions at the Biennale – in 2018, attracting more than 145,000 visitors.

The Biennale will run from May 23 through November 26, 2020. Read more about the Danish exhibition here ( and about the Biennale here (

The Danish Architecture Center has been appointed by the Ministry of Culture Denmark as commissioner of the official Danish submission to the 17th International Venice Biennale of Architecture. The project is sponsored by Realdania, the Ministry of Culture Denmark, and the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Architecture Grants and Project Funding.

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects was founded in 1985 by Boje Lundgaard and Lene Tranberg. Today the studio is run by Lene Tranberg together with six partners, Peter Thorsen, Filip Heiberg, Henrik Schmidt, Erik Frandsen, Trine Troelsen and Nikolaj Richter-Friis.

For more than twenty years the studio has positioned itself as one of Denmark’s most renowned and prize winning architecture firms and has been published in books and leading magazines across the world. The most important projects includes Tietgenkollegiet at Ørestaden, Axel Towers close to Tivoli, Kannikegården in Ribe, SEB Bank by Kalvebod Brygge, Sorø Artmuseum and the royal Playhouse in Copenhagen.

Marianne Krogh

Marianne Krogh has a degree in art history from Aarhus University and a Ph.D. from Aarhus School of Architecture. She has worked at Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin and in Copenhagen and as publishing editor at Strandberg Publishing. She has been commissioner for the Danish pavillion at the arts biennale in Venice as well as curator on two Danish contributions to the Sao Paulo biennale. Marianne Krogh heads a smaller curator team at J.F. Willumsens old villa in Hellerup.