This design for the exhibition Espace Public was on show during the Agora architecture biennale 2014 in Bordeaux. It positions the organised western world opposite the unpredictable non-western city. The exhibition hall, a large old transport depot on the Gironde with two floors, creates a clear separation between the formal and informal city. The ground floor symbolises the formal city, the first floor celebrates (with movie showings, lectures and catering) the informal city. A shining white curtain 247 metres in length and 4 metres high separates the intimate and public space.
With this exhibition, Agora creates a new aesthetic for biennales, in a style that is strong in its simplicity. With limited means (often recycled, affordable and accessible materials) and in a tight time frame a presentation with impact was achieved. Its pragmatic design feels very Dutch.