BETWEEN TWO WATERS
How does a nation 1500 kilometers from its nearest neighbor develop a cultural language, or more specifically, an architecture? For the small group of islands that comprise the Seychelles, contact with water is in a geographic and symbolic sense, all-encompassing. Drawing from the vernacular, ADD.locus Architects report on the timeless nature of the Seychelles and the contemporary state of its architecture.
Between Two Waters is the Seychelles' first contribution to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Curated by PLANE—SITE founding partner Andres F. Ramirez, the pavilion opens a window to the clashing paradigms faced by architects in the paradise islands, inviting visitors to confront an architecture of everyday life.
A partially constructed shelter incorporates symbolic elements of vernacular architecture and features messages from hundreds of Seychellois residents and visitors, spanning generational and ethnic boundaries. From beneath a corrugated roof, visitors can observe in moving images the polarized contradictions of lifestyles that find shelter in Seychelles today. The video installation by Werner Schulz narrates the ongoing negotiation between fantasy and reality, represented by two waters—the rain and sea.
The exhibition is an immersive introduction to the early architectural journey of the Seychelles, PLANE—SITE supported the pavilion with content creation and project management.