What does 'island' mean to you? That's a question the curators of the British Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale want visitors to consider.
Their building is covered with scaffolding which supports a wooden platform at roof-level. A staircase runs the length of one side of the structure, leading to an elevated piazza open to the sky with views across the the lagoon. With it being the British Pavilion tea is served at 4pm each day, and there are seats and umbrellas for comfort and shade. The peak of the Pavilion’s roof projects through the floor at the centre of the space, suggesting both an island and a sunken world beneath.
Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' was a key reference when the curators were working on their proposal. In the short film below, poet and playwright Inua Ellams brings his favourite excerpt to life on a rainy London traffic island.