Five shortlisted concepts from Australian design teams will compete to be the first exhibit showcased in the new Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Revealed by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) on March 31, each team’s proposal will now face the scrutiny of the Venice Biennale Committee who will ultimately decide who takes up the residency at the Australian Pavilion at the world’s biggest architecture exhibition.

2016 will be the first exhibition to be held within the new pavilion designed by Denton Corker Marshall, which is also the first national pavilion to be built within the Giardini this century.

The proposals are (courtesy of the AIA):

POST – John de Manincor, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and Misho Baranovic

Inverting the Tower of Babel, POST explores the notion that in the modern age ambitious architectural projects bring people together from around the world rather than scattering them to the ends of the earth as expressed in the legend.

POST will feature an immersive architectural installation that brings together photographs and soundscapes from architects, clients, builders, construction workers and users sourced through social media. The exhibition will reveal the creation of communities, the forging of relationships and the generation of new knowledge that comes from working on and using buildings designed by Australian practices.

The Pool – Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet

The pool is a social and cultural icon of Australia. The proposed exhibition is an architectural exploration of the democratic, social and sacred principles of this universal and ancient typology. Pooling together the new and emerging voices of Australian architecture, The Pool will feature one immutable pool element, expanded through the use of light, mirror, glass and perspective to create a series of perceptual illusions, augmented by the use of sound, light and smell – a sensory feast for the visitor.

The pool is an apt metaphor for this team’s vision for Australian architecture: an architecture that is driven by plurality yet is accessible, inviting, playful and collaborative.

Parlour Live! – Justine Clark and Naomi Stead with Maryam Gusheh, Catherine Griffiths and Fiona Young

Parlour Live! is a contemporary snapshot of the human story of Australian architecture – a powerful documentation of who the profession is, how it works and how it might become more robust and inclusive.

Parlour Live! will give every Australian architect the chance to have their 15 seconds of fame. It will challenge the perception and stereotypes of who can be an architect through the collection of tiny ‘real’ architects and their individual stories.

Australia is a leader in the campaign for equity in architecture and Parlour Live! will use this position to empower visitors with the knowledge, the resolve and the practical tools for advocacy and action anywhere in the world.

Wide Open – Ed Lippmann, Dr Anne Watson, Susan Freeman and Michael Hill

A space to relax and absorb, Wide Open will be an audio and visual experience depicting the chronological development of Australian architecture, an architecture which is emerging with its own identity out of many and disparate influences.

Still and moving images will take the visitor on a journey through our enviable landscape, climate and lifestyle while providing a confident cultural statement on this world stage. Visitors will experience 250 years of radical architectural transformation from pre-European to a 21st century global culture.

Objects – Andrew Burns and Mark Gowing

Objects puts the focus on the by-products of architectural production rather than the built outcome. This exhibition will feature the physical forms of knowledge created through the process of realising a building, exposing a tapestry of Australian architectural practice.

Construction drawings, site photographs, material prototypes, jigs, discarded templates and pre-cast form-work will be sourced from practices around the nation and curated to provide an engaging, distinct experience within an exhibition context.