New Zealand to showcase Pacific-style design in Venice

New Zealand has appointed Auckland-based architect David Mitchell to serve as creative director and lead the country’s participation at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

Taking into account curator Rem Koolhaas’ theme of “Fundamentals”, Mitchell plans to exhibit the country’s tradition of Pacific-style architecture and light timber construction through a series of models.

“We’re going to show off some of the most unsung architecture in the world, our Pacific architecture,” said Mitchell. “It’s an architecture made out of poles, beams and panels and not out of heaps of rocks, bricks and tiles.”