Venice Binnale of Architecture 2018

by Giulia Minero
Biennale of Architecture


26 May 2018 - 25 Nov 2018


10:00am - 6:00pm

City of Venice - Sestiere Castello



Until 25 November 2018

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, that takes place from 26 May to 25 November (Preview 24 and 25 May) in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and around other venues in Venice. The 2018 edition features the projects of 71 architects from all over the world, and 65 national pavilions including seven countries participating for the first time at the Architecture Biennale: Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan and the Holy See. The Biennale Architettura 2018 is titled ‘Freespace’, a word that describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself. With this theme the Biennale offers the public examples, proposals and elements – built or unbuilt – of work exemplifying the essential qualities of architecture, including the modulation, richness and materiality of surface, and the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of architecture.

There are two official exhibition sites: the Giardini and the Arsenale, two truly unique places. The Giardini because each country participating at the exposition has its own pavilion designed by a renowned architect (the pavilions alone deserve a separate visit), and the Arsenale because you’ll be stepping into one of the most important places in the history of the Republic of Venice, the former military dockyards where the boats that made the Serenissima famous for its trade with the East were built.

How to Get There

To reach the Arsenale: ACTV lines 1 and 4.1
To reach the Giardini: ACTV lines 1, 2, 4.1 and 5.1, (line 6 only from Piazzale Roma).

Distance between the two venues: 15 minutes on foot.
Services: Infopoint, free cloakroom service, bar, restaurant and bookshop.
Accessibility: the route between the two venues is wheelchair accessible.
Facilities for families: at the Arsenale, free stroller hire, baby changing space, nursing and feeding space for infants and a family-friendly area. At the Giardini; baby changing space and a nursing and feeding space.
Pets: small pets are allowed on a leash in the green spaces at the Giardini. No pets are allowed at the Arsenale venue.
Payment methods accepted: cash, debit and credit cards.

Full ticket (plus): 30 euros
reduced ticket (plus) for students and youngsters under 26: 22 euros
Full ticket regular: 25 euros
Reduced ticket regular: 20 euros

Giardini and Arsenale –  open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm.
Only Arsenale – Tue-Thurs 10am-6pm. Fri-Sat 10am-8pm.

Giardini e Arsenale
(Campo della Tana)
Sestiere Castello