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What We Share: A Model for Co-Housing

Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto, Luca Nicolò Vascon
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Venice, Italy

What We Share: A Model for Co-Housing

What are you willing to share with others? This question is the starting point for the exhibition What We Share with the architectural firm Helen & Hard.

This main theme of this year’s biennale is How will we live together? and deals with how architects can create new communities.

In Venice Helen & Hard ↗ address the 2021 biennale’s main theme with a completely new project designed especially for the Nordic Pavilion. Helen & Hard have invited a group of people to work with the architects to develop a co-housing project with a number of shared functions. All the residents were asked how much they were willing to share with their neighbours. The installation shows how collaboration and spatial design can create both a community and a sustainable living environment.

ArkDes in Venice

ArkDes represents Sweden at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, which occurs every two years in Venice, Italy. Alongside The Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki) and The National Museum of Norway (Oslo), ArkDes is co-commissioner of the Nordic Countries Pavilion, designed by architect Sverre Fehn. On other occasions, ArkDes participates at the Biennale in other capacities through exhibitions, events, and support for artists and architects.


The exhibition is curated by the National Museum of Norway, which in 2021 is responsible for the Nordic Countries Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Helen & Hard ↗: Reinhard Kropf, Siv Helene Stangeland, Paola Simone Garcia, Håvard Auklend, Mariana Calvete, Guillermo Ramírez Camarero

Curator: Martin Braathen

Project Manager: Cathrine Sæthre Furuholmen

Collaborators: Anna Ihle, artist

Engineer: Hermann Blumer