The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition took place Saturday May 26th 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia.
The international Jury composed of Sofía von Ellrichshausen (President of the Jury, Argentina), Frank Barkow (United States), Kate Goodwin (Australia), Patricia Patkau (Canada), Pier Paolo Tamburelli (Italy), has decided to present the following awards:
Golden Lion for Best National Participation: Switzerland, with the project “Svizzera 240 - House Tour”, for a compelling architectural installation that is at once enjoyable while tackling the critical issues of scale in domestic space.
A special mention has been awarded to Great Britain, with the project “Island”, for the Courageous proposal that uses emptiness to create a “freespace” for events and informal appropriation.
Golden Lion for the best participant in the 16th Exhibition FREESPACE: 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. Freespace appears without being announced, plain and simple.
Silver Lion for a promising young participant in the 16th Exhibition FREESPACE: 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.
The Jury has decided to award two special mentions in the 16th International Exhibition FREESPACE: to Andra Matin (andramatin, Jakarta, Indonesia), for a sensitive installation that provides a framework to reflect on the material and form of traditional vernacular structures, and to Rahul Mehrotra (RMA Architects, Mumbai, India; Boston, USA), for three projects that address issues of intimacy and empathy, gently diffusing social boundaries and hierarchies.
The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, is also awarding the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement upon recommendation of Curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to Kenneth Frampton (Great Britain).