ZOÍ is freespace. A minimal, non-prescriptive space that accommodates any creative use of its inhabitants. For the Biennale di Architettura 2018, Francis Kéré explores the possible human reactions to a space open to free and unplanned appropriations.
Refugee camps, where every primary need is covered with standardized solutions, could be the places that most need unexpected freespaces for improvisation and creativity.
With the AtelierKéré students from the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Kéré Architecture has built ZOÍ in the Tentaja Space, a public area in the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin where leisure and sports encourage the encounter between refugees and Berliners. Small cocoon aiming at bringing back human dimensions in the gigantic Tempelhof hangar, ZOÍ is used as comforting shelter from the estranging spaces of the airport, as gathering point or quiet spot.
Its twin structure, displayed in the Artiglierie dell’Arsenale, plays a new role. The visitor that inhabits ZOÍ in its new configuration can experiment other uses and feel the ideal bond that links the structure to its identical pavilion simultaneously in use in the former airport in Berlin.
STATUS: Temporary Installation May 25th to November 25th 2018
SITE: Artiglierie dell'Arsenale / Venice/ Italy
SIZE: 10 m²
CLIENT: La Biennale di Venezia