The exhibition archstrataantioch – experiments on a landscape of depth has been presented as part of the15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, in the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” in Palazzo Bembo, Venice.
The exhibition showcased the Antakya Museum Hotel project located in the center of Antakya, Turkey, in a geography where every dig reveals findings of archeological relevance. Contradictory to the common practice of concealing the findings and proceed with the construction, the client chose to unveil the potential of the site while involving EAA into the project which brought about envisioning a building where a museum and a hotel could coexist together. The process of dealing with the tension and the attractive potentials of this programmatic dichotomy is examined thoroughly.
Through images, texts, videos and scale model, the exhibit highlighted the complex layers and the unique manner of the Antakya Museum Hotel project where intricate circumstances regarding the site along with normatives are confronted and dealt with in an unprecedented way, displaying how architecture can cause paradigm shift in interpreting private and public.