Niall McLaughlin Architects to explore living with dementia at Irish Pavilion

Titled ‘Losing Myself’, and designed by Niall McLaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou, this year’s Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale takes as its inspiration the practice’s Alzheimer’s Respite Centre in Dublin.

Drawing on the idea that an architect’s plan for a building illustrates a human need to be situated within an understandable environment that also provides orientation, this installation uses time-based projection to redraw the experience of the Centre’s plan, as collectively witnessed by sixteen people using the building over the course of one day.


The coherent, fixed plan developed by the architects can never be fully experienced by the building’s occupants, who can no longer synthesise their experiences to create a stable understanding of their environment.

The installation will convey how the overlapping, perhaps conflicting experiences of the Centre’s inhabitants challenge the notion of the building as a singular conception, and by extension, those architectural drawings that insist upon buildings as fixed and whole objects.

Irish Pavilion, ‘Losing Myself’
Designed by Niall McLaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou
Location: Arsenale, Artiglierir
Opening date: Friday 27 May, 14:30