16th Venice Architecture Biennale Winners Announced

The international Jury of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, composed of Sofía von Ellrichshausen, Frank Barkow, Kate Goodwin, Patricia Patkau, Pier Paolo Tamburelli has announced the winning projects in a ceremony held on May 26, 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia.

Golden Lion for Best National Participation has been given to Swiss Pavilion “for a compelling architectural installation that is at once enjoyable while tackling the critical issues of scale in domestic space.”

Switzerland / Svizzera 240 / House Tour, photos: Italo Rondinella


A special mention has also been awarded to Great Britain for “the courageous proposal that uses emptiness to create a ‘freespace' for events and informal appropriation."

Great Britain / Island, photos: Italo Rondinella


Golden Lion for the best participant in the 16th Exhibition “Freespace” has been given to Eduardo Souto de Moura (Souto Moura Arquitectos - Porto, Portugal) for "the precision of the pairing of two aerial photographs, which reveals the essential relationship between architecture, time and place."

Souto Moura / Vol de Jour, photos: Francesco Galli

Silver Lion for a promising young participant has been awarded to Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu (architecten de vylder vinck taillieu - Ghent, Belgium) for “a project that possesses a confidence thanks to which slowness and waiting allow architecture to be open to future activation.”

architecten de vylder vinck taillieu / Unless Ever People - Caritas For Freespace, photos: Italo Rondinella

Meanwhile the jury has decided to award two special mentions to Andra Matin (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Rahul Mehrotra (Mumbai, India; Boston, USA).

Andra Matin / Elevation, photos: Francesco Galli
Andra Matin / Elevation, photos: Francesco Galli
Andra Matin / Elevation, photos: Francesco Galli
Andra Matin / Elevation, photos: Francesco Galli
RMA Architects / Soft Thresholds, photos: Italo Rondinella

The English architect, historian, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.


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