Be­ing in a Bi­en­na­le – In­ter­view #07: Ra­hul Meh­ro­tra


Der indische Architekt Rahul Mehrotra, der für sein Projekt Soft Thresholds im Rahmen der Biennale-Auszeichnungen eine besondere Erwähnung erhielt, unterstreicht im Interview die Bedeutung symbolischer und physischer Schwellen bei der Gestaltung von Freiräumen. Biennalen nimmt er kritisch unter die Lupe – sie erlauben uns, die Gegenwart zu hinterfragen, um uns eine bessere Zukunft vorzustellen.

Yony Santos
Head of education | Architekt | Redaktor

Soft Thresholds

RMA Architects: Rahul Mehrotra with Nondita Correa Mehrotra, Robert Stephens & Payal Patel
Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 – Central Pavilion

Präsentationstext auf der Biennale-Website:

Soft thresholds are crucial to the construction of free spaces. As points of entry and exit, thresholds have a dual coding in society as both physical and symbolic markers of separation and connection. Too often, thresholds divide human activity, and architecture can unwittingly contribute to different forms of separation, manifested through interpretations of culture, religion, or legislation. Can architecture and planning intentionally construct soft thresholds – lines that are easily traversed, even temporarily erased – thereby allowing for productive transgressions and  multiple perspectives across different modes of practice and social connection?

RMA Architects,  presented three projects emblematic of the compulsive drive of the practice to create spaces of inclusiveness, exchange and empathy situated in the diverse landscapes of India. The installation is organized around representing three components, one crucial to each project: the gardeners' cat walk of the KMC Corporate Headquarters, the shared courtyard of the Hathigaon: Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants, and the foot bridge in the courtyard of the CEPT University Library.  Each of these spaces is the embodiment of the project ideals as an architectural interface -- between interior and exterior, new and old, gardener and corporate executive, human and animal.  These spaces are represented in part or whole at full scale, defined by layered, transparent, floating scrims which provoke multiple readings of occupation, overlap and blur. Visitors are invited to experience and inhabit the scale and atmosphere of these spaces, but not their material presence.  

The installation was printed on viola fabric - scrims and was transparent as a way to metaphorically and literally suggest the sift thresholds. this was complimented by videos that were projected on the screens.

Video-Interviews «Being in a Biennale»

Interview #1: Peter Zumthor
Interview #2: Angela Deuber
Interview #3: Kieran Long
Interview #4: Julien Choppin
Interview #5: Charles Pictet
Interview #6: Léone Drapeaud & Johnny Leya – TRAUMNOVELLE
Interview #7: Rahul Mehrotra
Interview #8: Gabriel Kozlowski​
Interview #9: Xristina Argyros & Ryan Neiheiser
Interview #10: Marina Otero Verzier
Interview #11: Elisabeth & Martin Boesch
Interview #12: Frédéric Bonnet
Interview #13: Jacques Lucan
Interview #14: Momoyo Kaijima & Laurent Stalder

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