FREESPACE – The Official Catalogue of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition (La Biennale di


Designed by David Smith, Oran Day, Isabelle McCarthy and Johnny Brennan at Atelier David Smith

Editors: Emmett Scanlon, Nathalie Weadick & Alice Clancy

Editorial Production Team: Metodo, Venice

Categories: Editorial

Industry: Cultural

Tags: Typography

The Official Catalogue of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition / Biennale Architettura 2018 consists of two volumes:

**Volume 1** is dedicated to the International Exhibition curated by Irish Architects / Curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. This book is the permanent record of the exhibition. As the primary outcome of the overall Visual Identity for the Biennale and the most important piece of collateral produced for both La Biennale and Grafton Architects. As such it had to have significant value in respect of its distinctiveness, presence and visual quality; it required editorial authority; and a design and information framework that was flexible enough to accommodate a diverse range of editorial content yet consistent and robust enough to allow design and production teams in Dublin and Venice to produce English and Italian versions in an extremely narrow production window. Over 1000 pages were produced for three illustrated volumes in less than 3 weeks.

The book's typographic identity is consistent with the overall visual identity we created for Biennale Architettura 2018. The typographic identity and its communications was inspired by the sheer scale of the columns of the Corderie and Arsenale exhibition venues. The spaces themselves provided key visual and conceptual cues for our initial graphic studies and explorations of light & shade and rhythm & scale – constant and recurring elements in our conversations with the Curators. The coarse textures, contrasting rough and smooth of the columns’ surfaces, and the ever present environmental staining that cascades down every building in Venice is evident in the vertical bias of the ‘typographic stacks’ produced for each application and the book covers.