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Venice 2014: Last, Loneliest, Loveliest

Established in 1980, the Venice Architecture Biennale has become the world’s foremost architecture event – the Olympics of architecture.

New Zealand’s first national pavilion appeared in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, titled ‘Last, Loneliest, Loveliest’. Supported by the NZIA, David Mitchell was chosen as creative director after a rigorous selection process.

From the visitor book

“Thanks for this proposition. We didn’t find other examples in the Biennale of this treatment of architectural fundamentals, heritage and practice.” – France

From the visitor book

“I’m impressed – happily surprised that a different way to build survives.” – Italy

From the visitor book

“Beautiful to see ‘old-fashioned’ values and crafting wood in the midst of a lot of modern ideas. A refreshing change, and very beautiful houses.” – United Kingdom

From the visitor book

“Beautiful exhibition! You made a better case for absorbing modernism than most of the Biennale Gardens pavilions.” – USA

From the visitor book

“A very insightful exhibition on architecture in the Shaky Isles. It makes the point well regarding the unique quality of New Zealand architecture. Well done to all concerned.” – New Zealand

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