Edison ensures the energy efficiency of the international architecture exhibition

After launching in 2018, at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, an innovative energy diagnosis of the event’s most energy-intensive and high-impact facilities, we identified, thanks to the IoT and advanced modelling techniques, a way of improving the energy use of the historic Corderie dell’Arsenale pavilion.

Edison for the energy efficiency of La Biennale di Venezia

Efficiency and architecture: two sides of the same coin

The Corderie dell’Arsenale project

The project preserves the original industrial aesthetics of this splendid fourteenth-century building consisting of a 320 metre-long body divided into three naves, each with two rows of columns supporting two galleries covering the side naves, once used for spinning ropes.

The energy efficiency project achieves a reduction of over 70% in electricity consumption and prevents the emission of 22 tons of CO2 per year into the atmosphere. It also makes it possible, on the one hand, to optimize the facility’s technological life cycle, increasing its service life, and, on the other hand, to adapt the configuration of the facility to different needs thanks to an intelligent control system.


“We need a new space contract. As we face widening political divergence and growing economic inequality, we are asking architects to imagine spaces in which we can live generously together.” This is the invitation issued by Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition.

The theme chosen for the 2021 edition of the Biennale represents the need to think in terms of community in an era of ever-increasing individualism. A collective approach that espouses principles of equity and inclusion. A drive to work together as a planet to address crises that require global action so that we can continue to live together.

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La Biennale di Venezia

Among the oldest, most important and prestigious international exhibitions, the La Biennale di Venezia dates back to 1895 with the first Biennale Art Exhibition in the world, which became, over the years, the organizing body for multidisciplinary exhibitions in different sectors.

Since 1980, the Architecture Biennale has been a point of reference for experts and enthusiasts from all over the world.


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