Common Pavilions
The National Pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Biennale in Essays and Photographs
Edited by Diener & Diener Architects, Gabriele Basilico

Introduction by Roger Diener.
Essays by Vito Acconci, Arnfinn Bø-Rygg, Monica Bonvicini, Alexander Brodsky, Eduard Bru i Bistuer, Dinu Bumbaru, Jean-Louis Cohen, Peter Cook, Hermann Czech, Marcelo Danza, Bogdan Ghiu, Amos Gitai & Ben Gitai, Jörg Haspel, Herman Hertzberg, Taro Igarachi, Zissis Kotionis & Elia Zenghelis, Marcel Meili, Henrieta Moravčíkova, Hyungmin Pai and ras Palffy, Juhani Pallasmaa, among others.
Photographs by Gabriele Basilico.


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This book is an unique panorama of the Venice Biennial’s 29 national pavilions in previously unpublished images by the Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico, and in essays by around 30 international architects, philosophers and artists. Common Pavilions is based on an exhibition curated by Diener & Diener Architects within the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2012. Architecture’s social and cultural reality was the theme of the 2012 exhibition, titled «Common Ground».

Contemporary Architecture
Bringing the architectural significance of the 29 national pavilions to the attention of visitors, who usually do not really notice these buildings and their individual character and atmosphere when seeing an exhibition there, was the aim of the Common Pavilions project.
The celebrated Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico (1944–2013) has taken pictures of all the pavilions in the Giardini di Venezia. His masterful images are featured in large-format and lavish duotone printing. 30 authors from all 29 nations – architects, philosophers, and artists – have contributed short essays, writing on “their” national pavilion, its history and its identity as a space for presenting art. The essays appear in the book in English and in their original national language. Basilico’s images and the essays merge into a rich and atmospheric panorama of what is probably the world’s best known exhibition site.
Common Pavilions won a gold medal in the 2014 German Photo Book Award.

Diener & Diener Architekten is a Swiss architectural firm with offices in Basel and Berlin. Among their best-known projects are the restoration and extension of the Swiss embassy in Berlin, the refurbishment of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, and the Forum 3 building on the new campus of Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis in Basel.
Gabriele Basilico (1944–2013) ranks among the most celebrated Italian photographers. His work has been shown in many exhibitions and books, including Porti di mare (1990), Italy: Cross-Sections of a Country (1998),Berlin (2001), and Vertical Moscow (2008).


67 duotone, 60 floor and site plans
English and 23 other languages

288 pages, 127 illustrations
Hardback, 25x39 cm
(multilanguage), English
Park Books, 1st edition 2013
ISBN 9783858817341