Mille-oeille

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 @ Palazzo Bembo
GAA Foundation and the European Cultural Center
with Rosana Rubio-Hernández, renderings by Claire Liu.

Mille-oeille is a pavilion which works as a multilayered information system on the world’s ecosystems. Its innovative use of technologies (augmented reality and a prospective new material) permits a unique engagement with natural phenomena while emphasizing environmental preservation and sustainability. Mille-oeille is a building that breathes, changes appearance, mutates and transforms according to its surroundings and the amount of information it is fed with. This building is in essence, another living entity that, like a chameleon, transforms its multilayered skin in response to different stimuli and weather conditions. Hypothetically, there will be multiple Mille-oeille pavilions distributed throughout the globe, configuring a vast information net. They would be implanted in natural environments such as preserves, veterinarian farms or animal therapy centers, where coexistence between animals and humans has been cultivated over time.

The name Mille-oeille comes from the words “mille-feuille”, a French cake which literally means “thousand layers” and “oeil”, which means “eye”. Mille-oeille is a building made of thousand layers with thousands eyes onto the world. This building reconsiders today zoos' obsolescence but its concept extends to infinite thematic possibilities such as cities of the world, Mars landscapes and beyond..

2008 . Revised for the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture