Designed by Taiwan-born architect Jimenez Lai, the Taiwan Pavilion titled "Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan” opened to the public on June 4 at the 2014 Venice Biennale.
"Township of Domestic Parts” is presented through a collection of nine small houses, each built with a specific function that reflects a cultural niche. Scattered inside the Palazzo delle Prigioni, the model houses creates a "township” that visitors can enter and wander through.
The exploration of the domestic functions of a typical Taiwanese house echoes the theme of the 2014 biennale, which is a return to "Fundamentals” as stipulated by biennale curator and world-renowned architect Rems Koolhaas.
The nine model houses not only explore the living patterns of the Taiwanese people, from sleeping and eating to domestic interactions, but also reflect Taiwan's urban culture as shaped by its high population density and small land mass. Architect Lai has called his creations "superfurnitures” that exude personality and Taiwanese flair.
This year marks Taiwan's 8th entry to the Venice Biennale. More information can be found on the website of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA), the organizer of the Taiwan Pavilion.