This brings us to The Layering. "A decaying folly" is a kind of genius loci, though it might sound sad. As we found in archive materials, "a park whimsey, folly" was in permantent maintenance, either way too touch- up, or abandoned (during the 20th century Russia or USSR skipped 19 biennials). What if one can turn this state into a special feature, a character, fragmentarily designating these layers and express the frozen time of Venice outward? Similar collages often appear in Russian architecture, reflecting pass of a time, making a biulding more vital. For material interpretatation of newly opened windows we choose moderate solutions, though emphasizing their contemporary stamp.
Interior solutions remain neutral yet flexible, ready to host an exhibition of any complexity. We propose to keep the opening in the floor slab, providing a special cassette.It is to embed in the opening, if needed, thereby closing it partially or completely.In support of this flexibility, flooring is also worth revising. The orginal finish was a parquet, however, it is not the most convenient for a seasonal pavilion. We suggest to take modular floors into consideration, and, perhaps, even offer artists and architects to independently interpret them to match the work.
Separately, we'd like to highlight the meaning of the door. Modern Russia, unfortunately, is characterized by an abundance of unattractive entrance groups, with a distorted route and ugly dumb door leaves.
The only doors we propose to actually restore are wooden carved gates with a lion and a unicorn, mascots and guardians of the pavilion.
For the rest, a simple yet strong gesture, the designation of the upcoming architectural and institutional transformations, would be a replacement of entrance doors with translucent ones, both on the porch and on the side facade. But especially on the balcony. This opening to the pavilion's most attractive and unex- plored public space, will become then an unofficial portal to the city, an eternal shot of the Lagoon inside micro-Russia in the Biennale Gardens.