Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, today presents the project Infinite Places of the French Pavilion of the 16e edition of the International Biennial of Architecture in Venice. Selected by the Minister for Culture, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the French Institute, the team Still Happy will be the police station.

The “Infinite Places” proposal from the team of architects Still Happy, composed of Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin and Sébastien Eymard, showcases places that are produced in an original and inventive way and that generate quality architectural processes.

It values ten places* throughout the territory, the result of initiatives by civil society and communities, which embody a certain freedom of experimentation and the possibilities offered by architecture.

Through the values of programmatic freedom and generosity that it activates, this proposal responds to the theme Freespace, chosen by the two commissioners general of the Biennale, Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

For them, Freespace represents the generosity of spirit and a certain sense of humanity that sustain the fundamental capacity of architecture to nurture and sustain the bond that exists between man and space.

For the stage design of the pavilion, Encore Heureux chose to re-use the materials of the Studio Venezia set up in 2017 by artist Xavier Veilhan during the 57e Venice International Art Biennial to transform the French Pavilion from what it was a few months ago.

A large part of the scenography project will be built on site and in partnership with the collective of architects Etc.

The catalogue of the pavilion, published by the B42 Editions, is a two-part work. The first brings together a dozen authors from the humanities to deepen from their different disciplines, the ideas that emerge from the manufacture of the ten places presented in the pavilion. The second, illustrated by drawings by Jochen Gerner and photographs by Alexa Brunet, gives the floor to the different actors (architects and project leaders) of these places who lend themselves to the quiz game, questioning their own practices.

The design of the pavilion and catalogue is made by deValence.

The French Pavilion project is implemented by the French Institute, a public institution responsible for France’s external cultural action, under the dual supervision of the Ministries of Europe and Foreign Affairs and Culture.

The ministers thank all the partners who have wished to commit themselves to the realization of the French Pavilion of the International Biennial of Architecture of Venice.

They especially express their gratitude to Emerige and the SNCF for their exceptional and decisive commitment. They would like to commend the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion, the Grand Paris Express endowment fund, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, Quartus, Plaine Commune and the SEM Plaine Commune Développement for their decisive support. Finally, they pay tribute to the companies Lumion, REI Habitat, Cénomane, Atelier parisien d'urbanisme (APUR), 1024 Architecture, MadMapper, Arte, France Culture and Ideat for their generous commitment.

*The ten locations presented: La friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille - 13), La Grande Halle (Colombelles - 14), La Convention (Auch - 32), Hôtel Pasteur (Rennes - 35), Le Centquatre (Paris - 75), La Ferme du Bonheur (Nanterre - 92), Les Ateliers Médicis (Clichy-sous-Bois-Montfermeil - 93), Le Tri Postal (Avignon - 84), Les Grands Voisins (Paris - 75), 6B (Saint-Denis - 93)