News | BUZZ Participates in the Venice Biennale China Pavilion for Three Consecutive Sessions, Zhuang Ziyu Attends the Opening Ceremony and Delivers a Speech on Behalf of the Exhibitors

May 23, 2023

On May 22nd, the 18th Venice International Architecture Biennale celebrated the opening ceremony of the China National Pavilion exhibition, officially opening its doors to the public. Representatives from the curatorial team, organizers, supporters, as well as participating architects and artists, came together to celebrate the opening of the China National Pavilion.

Zhuang Ziyu, the founder and principal architect of BUZZ Architects, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech on behalf of all participating artists/architects. Additionally, this marks the third consecutive participation in the Venice Biennale for BUZZ, following their involvement as participating architects in the 17th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2021 and as part of the spatial design team in the 59th Venice International Art Biennale in 2022.

The exhibition will continue until November 26, 2023. This year, the China National Pavilion's exhibition is themed "Renewal and Symbiosis." It is divided into three sections: "Habitable Legends and Diverse Portraits," "Habitable Renewal and Shanghai Stories," and "Symbiosis, Future, and Natural Revival." Through these sections, the exhibition maps the changes in living environments over the past 40 years, telling a unique Chinese story from the perspectives of the city, nature, and the people.

Renewal and symbiosis represent not only a contemporary spatial perspective but also an architectural and planning philosophy that has existed in China since ancient times. This philosophy signifies the unique thought process of Chinese architects regarding cities and architecture, extending from tradition to modernity. BUZZ chose the Suzhou Guanqian Street boutique hotel to participate in the "Renewal and Symbiosis" theme of the China Pavilion. This participation also marks the first official presentation of the Suzhou Guanqian Street boutique hotel design to the international public. The hotel is expected to be completed and operational within 2024.

Additionally, Zhuang Ziyu, along with curator Ruan Xin, Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Sarah Whiting, and Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University Li Xiangning, participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale China Pavilion's forum "Renewal: A Symbiotic Narrative" at the Tafuri Memorial Lecture Hall of the Venice University of Architecture. During the forum, Zhuang delivered a speech on the theme of spatial redefinition within the dispersed narratives surrounding "Renewal and Symbiosis." He also engaged in discussions about the topics of renewal and symbiosis with Professor Jonathan Massey from the University of Michigan, Professor Anna Irene Del Monaco from the University of Rome, and Professor Carla Bartilozzi from the Polytechnic University of Turin, among others.