Venice Biennale 2018 winners revealed; Eduardo Souto de Moura, Andra Matin among those lauded

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects and the curators of 2018 Venice Biennale have announced the winners of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. The jury panel included distinguished names such as Frank Barkow, Sofia Von Ellrichshausen, Kate Goodwin, Patricia Patkau, and Pier Paolo Tamburelli.

The winners of the Golden Lion for Best National Participation went to Switzerland (above), whose country pavilion was praised for presenting “a compelling exhibition which was enjoyable while tackling the critical issues of scale in domestic space.”

 An honourable mention was given to Great Britain (above) for “Island,” which the jury noted was “the courageous proposal which uses emptiness as a platform for events and as a proposal for Freespace.”

The Golden Lion at the Freespace Exhibition was awarded to Eduardo Souto de Moura, recognised “for the precision of the pairing of two aerial photographs (above)”, which reveal the complex relationship between three dimensions – architecture, time and place.

The Silver Lion for a promising young participant was awarded to Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu of Belgian architecture firm, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, “for a project (above) that possesses a confidence, thanks to slowness and waiting which allow architecture to be open to future activation.”

A Special Mention was given to eminent Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra, who was lauded “for three projects (above) that address issues of intimacy and empathy, gently diffusing social boundaries and hierarchies.”

Another Special Mention went to Andra Matin, recognised “for a sensitive installation that provides a framework to reflect on the material and form of traditional vernacular structures.”

As was announced in April, Kenneth Frampton (above) received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. His work as an architectural historian was praised for its “extraordinary insight and intelligence combined with a unique sense of integrity.”

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