Australian design makes a splash in Venice - literally

Australian design makes a splash in Venice - literally

Poolside style

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What better way to put an Australian spin on the Venice Biennale, Italy's major contemporary art and architecture exhibition, than by plonking a pool right on the canal's edge

That's the idea of Sydney-based architecture studio Aileen Sage and urban designer Michelle Tabet, who will transform the recently completed Australian Pavilion for next year's Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Titled The Pool, their successful pitch will see a swimming pool installed within the Australian Pavilion, as well as an exhibition of the country's best swimming holes. The Pool will be the first architecture exhibit in the Australian Pavilion, a striking black box of a building that's set to open for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale next month.

The work of architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall, the Australian Pavilion replaced the temporary structure Australia has used since 1988 and, in a coup for the Australian design world, is the first pavilion permitted to be built within Venice's Giardini gardens this century.

Whether The Pool will include other elements synonymous with the Australian summer - speedos, seagulls and sunburn - is yet to be confirmed.

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