9th International Architecture Exhibition

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The 9th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2004 Venice Biennale of Architecture was titled METAMORPH. It lasted from September 12 to November 7 and was directed by Kurt W. Forster. The exhibition attracted over 115,000 visitors.


The awards went to:[1]

  • Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Peter Eisenman
  • Golden Lion for best installation presented by a country: Belgium Pavilion (“Kinshasa, the Imaginary City”)
  • Golden Lion for most significant work of the Metamorph exhibition: Studio SANAA by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa for the project for the Museum of 21st century for contemporary art (Kanazawa, Japan) and for the enlargement of the Istituto Valenciano de Arte Moderna (Valencia, Spain)
  • Special Prize for best work in the Concert Halls section: Studio Plot of Julien De Smedt and Bjarke Ingels for the Concert House project (Stavanger, Norvegia)
  • Special Prize for best work in the Episodes section: German photographer Armin Linke and Italian architect Piero Zanini for the Alpi installation
  • Special Prize for best work in the Transformations section: Austrian architect Günther Domenig for the Documentation Centre at the Party Rally Grounds of Norimberg, Germany
  • Special Prize for best work in the Topography section: Studio Foreign Office Architects Ltd for the Novartis Car Park (Basilea, Switzerland)
  • Special Prize for best work in the Surface section: Japanese architect Shuhei Endo for the Springtecture project (Singu-cho, Hyogo, Japan)
  • Special Prize for best work in the Atmosphere section: Australian studio PTW Architects pty Ltd and Chinese partner studio CSCEC + Design for the National Swimming Center project (Pechino Olympic Green, China)
  • Special Prize for best work in the Hyper-Project section: Martines Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos for the Esplanada Fòrum (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Special Prize for best work in the Morphing Lights, Floating Shadows sections (photography): images of Mars shot by NASA in cooperation with JPL and Cornell University

National Pavilions and Curators[edit]

United States Pavilion:[2] Transcending Type. Featuring six U.S. architecture firms in the vanguard of contemporary design. Each explore new forms and uses for iconic modern building types. Curated by Architectural Record and Christian Ditlev Bruun.


  1. ^ "9th International Architecture Exhibition". Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  2. ^ United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale