German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition 2016
Deutscher Pavillon auf der 15. Internationalen Architekturausstellung 2016
15. Uluslararasi Mimarlik Sergisi’nde Alman Pavyonu 2016
Padiglione Tedesco Alla 15. Mostra Internazionale Di Architettura 2016


28 May – 27 November 2016 (German Pavilion Venice)
04 March – 22 October 2017 (DAM Frankfurt)

The open pavilion

  • © Felix Torkar
  • © Felix Torkar
  • © Felix Torkar
  • © Felix Torkar
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Ugo Carmeni
  • © Ugo Carmeni
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher
  • © Kirsten Bucher

The Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) curated the German Pavilion exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition 2016 – La Biennale di Venezia, under the title Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country. Four large openings in the walls of the German Pavilion, necessitating the removal of over 48 tons of brick from the landmark-protected walls, transformed the building into an open house.
The idea for Germany’s contribution to the Architecture Biennale originated during the turbulent weeks of autumn 2015 when, every day, thousands of refugees were arriving at stations and while the German Chancellor was sticking with an iron will to a policy of no upper limit for the number of refugees coming into the country. “Wir schaffen das” (We can do it).
Six months later, after the close of the Biennale, the openings were bricked over again. The pavilion now stands closed up and replastered for the 2017 Art Biennale.
The exhibition Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country was presented (04.03.2017 - 22.10.2017) on two floors at the DAM, and featured updated and expanded subject matters, as well as documentation and a review of the German Pavilion in Venice.


  • "Making Heimat" will travel the world with Goethe Institute


  • Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
    Schaumainkai 43
    60596 Frankfurt am Main
    Tel +49.69.212 38844

    Leipziger Str. 61
    10117 Berlin
    Tel +49.30.34082162

  • TEAM
    Supported by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

    Supervised by Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning(BBR)


    Peter Cachola Schmal, Direktor DAM
    Anna Scheuermann, Kuratorin Making Heimat - DAM
    Oliver Elser, Kurator Deutscher Pavillon Venedig

    Curatorial assistant:

    Tiziana Agus, Lessano Negussie

    Graphic design and exhibition design:

    Something Fantastic, Berlin: Elena Schütz, Julian Schubert, Leonard Streich with Lukas Graf, Marius Helten, Elsa Lherm Delorme, Sarah Scherzer, Charlotte Schönberger


    Doug Saunders, Toronto
    Matthias Schulze-Böing and Kai Vöckler, Offenbach

    Location scout Offenbach:

    Loimi Brautmann

    Thanks to:

    Felix Torkar und Gala Nettelbladt, Clemens F. Kusch and Martin Weigert, Tomas Ewald, Julia Albani, Silke Neumann, Joanna Kamm, Joanne Pouzenc und Sören Zuppke, Julius Fischötter and Ruben Bernegger