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The best free spaces: Venice Biennale 2018 winners announced

Golden Lions went to the Swiss Pavilion, Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Kenneth Frampton.

The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, titled ‘Freespace,’ took place Saturday at the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia.
The curators of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architeсture, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, have selected seven winning contributions.
The Golden Lion for Best National Participation went to Switzerland and its ‘House Tour’ “for a compelling architectural installation that is at once enjoyable while tackling the critical issues of scale in domestic space.”

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‘House Tour’, Switzerland

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Eduardo Souto de Moura (Souto Moura Arquitectos, Portugal), the Pritzker Prize winner of 2011, was awarded the Golden Lion for best participant in the 16th Exhibition ‘Freespace’ “for the precision of the pairing of two aerial photographs, which reveals the essential relationship between architecture, time, and place.”

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Eduardo Souto de Moura (Souto Moura Arquitectos, Portugal)

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Eduardo Souto de Moura (Souto Moura Arquitectos, Portugal)

The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement went to architectural historian Kenneth Frampton from the UK for “extraordinary insight and intelligence combined with a unique sense of integrity” of his work.

Kenneth Frampton (the UK)

A Special mention for National Participation was given to Britain and its ‘Island’ exhibition “for the courageous proposal that uses emptiness to create a ‘freespace’ for events and informal appropriation.”

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‘Island’, the UK

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‘Island’, the UK

Special mention to went to Rahul Mehrotra (RMA - Mumbai, India; Boston, USA), “for three projects that address issues of intimacy and empathy, gently diffusing social boundaries and hierarchies.”

(RMA - Mumbai, India; Boston, USA)

A Silver Lion for promising young participant was 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.”

Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu (architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Ghent, Belgium)

Special mention was given 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.”

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Andra Matin (andramatin – Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Andra Matin (andramatin – Jakarta, Indonesia)

Photos: Architecture Press Office, La Biennale di Venezia

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