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Vara Pavilion

Venice, Italy
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Vara Pavilion as described by the architects is "a series of exteriors within other exteriors." Breaking down this crypticness, what emerges is a maze-like complex of circles - ten of them - formed with steel, cement, and painted plaster, which collectively creates a series of walls, but no roof, thus forming a pavilion that is open to the elements from above. The 324 square meter pavilion's title, "vara," refers to an imprecise and obsolete Spanish unit of measurement, that was employed during the country's conquering of America to trace and measure cities. Each of circles of the Vara Pavilion is a diameter of the unit, ranging from two to eleven.