The Koran Pavilion has been awarded this year’s Golden Lion for best pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, now officially open to the public.
Curated by Mass Studies founder Minsuk Cho, the exhibition entitled “Crows Eye View: The Korean Peninsula” aimed to demonstrate the potential of a unified Korea by connecting and interrogating the architecture of both.
The jury said “it is a researcg-in-action, which expands the spatial and architectural narrative into a geopolitical reality”, adding that it is “a rich body of work in a highly charged political reality”.
In an interview with design blog, Dezeen, Cho said: “The trick is to actually look back to work to move forward. And this was a fascinating task within the timeframe- a very monumental one.”
Receiving the Silver Lion was the Chilean Pavilion for the exhibition Monolith Contraversies, praised for its single focus- a prefabricated concrete wall- which was used to highlight the role of modern architecture in various ideological and political contexts.
Silver Lion was also awarded to Spanish architect Andre Jaque for his project, Sales Oddity with three special mentions going to Canada, France and Russia.