Arch. Alfredo Greco
Photo by Timothy Schenck
© Simone Leigh
Biennale 2022, the raised floor supports the ”weight of art” of Simone Leigh in the US Pavilion.
The US Pavilion of Simone Leigh
An architectural intervention that radically transforms the facade, an imposing bronze overlooking the courtyard and a series of figurative sculptures in the interior rooms. Simone Leigh, the first African-American woman to represent the United States at the Biennale, reinvents the US pavilion with Sovereignty, the exhibition that pays tribute to the strength of black women.
Art thus becomes the voice of the analysis of the individual and collective sovereignty concept, which the artist expresses through unpublished works in bronze, ceramic and steel, in the monumentality that has always characterized his works.
Why the raised floor
The installation of the raised floor in the USA Pavilion approach an interpretation of the exhibition in mechanical terms, closely related to the dimensions and weights of the works.
The floor system in fact represents a high load capacity solution, where the correct weight distribution has been obtained with modules at minimum height, strengthened by a specific structure.
The project ended with the search for finishing, identified in a porcelain stoneware covering similar in pattern and colors to the original Venetian terrace.
• high density calcium sulphate panels, thickness 34 mm, and ceramic finishing.
• custom mesh BPC structure.