Venice Biennale of Architecture

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Mostra di Architettura di Venezia, the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale, was established in 1980, although architecture had been a part of the art biennale since 1968.

As well as addressing the academic side of architecture, the Biennale is an occasion where big-name architects and designers can showcase new projects, arranged in different pavilions, each with different themes. The Biennale is currently held in the Biennale Gardens.



The 14th Biennale was open to the public between June 7th, 2014, and November 23rd, 2014. It was directed by Rem Koolhaas.[1]

Lion Awards:

  • Silver Lion to the Best Research Project in the Monditalia section: Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation, with the project "Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the Politics of Home to Home TV Urbanisms". [4]


British Pavilion at Venice Biennale by FOA

The 13th International Architecture Exhibition, titled "Common Ground". 29 August to 25 November 2012. Directed by David Chipperfield.

Lion Awards:


The 12th International Architecture Exhibition, titled "People meet in architecture". August 29 to November 21, 2010. At the Arsenale and Giardini exhibition venues. Directed by Kazuyo Sejima.

Lion Awards:[7]


The 11th International Architecture Exhibition, titled Out There: Architecture Beyond Building. September 14 to Sunday, November 23, 2008. At the Arsenale and Giardini exhibition venues. Directed by Aaron Betsky.

Lion Awards:[8]

  • Golden Lion for Best National Participation: Nicolas Grospierre and Kobas Laksa of the Polish pavilion with Hotel Polonia—The afterlife of buildings
  • Golden Lion for Best Installation Project: Greg Lynn
  • Silver Lion for a Promising Young Architect: Elemental of Chile
  • Special Golden Lion for lifetime achievement: James S. Ackerman

National Pavilions:


The 10th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by Richard Burdett. The exhibition was titled Cities, architecture and society. (September 10 to November 19). The collateral section City-Port was held in Palermo until January 14, 2007. The exhibition attracted over 130,000 visitors.

Lion Awards::[10]

  • Golden Lion—Best National Pavilions: Denmark for CO-EVOLUTION, Danish/Chinese collaboration on sustainable urban development in China. Curated by Henrik Valeur and UiD. Projects by Danish architectural offices and Chinese universities CEBRA + Tsinghua, COBE + CQU, Effekt + Tongji and Transform + XAUAT.[11][12]
  • Golden Lion—Cities: Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Golden Lion—Urban Projects: Javier Sanchez/ Higuera + Sanchez for the housing project "Brazil 44" in Mexico City.
  • Special Award—Schools of Architecture: I Facoltà di Architettura Politecnico di Torino, for a project on Bombay.
  • Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Richard Rogers

National Pavilions:


The 9th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by Kurt W. Forster and titled METAMORPH (September 12–November 7). The exhibition attracted over 115,000 visitors.

National Pavilions:


The 8th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by Deyan Sudjic and titled Next (Castello Gardens and Arsenale—September 8 to November 3) and attracted over 100,000 visitors.

National Pavilions:

United States Pavilion:[9] World Trade Center.


The 7th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by Massimiliano Fuksas and titled Less Aesthetics, More Ethics (Castello Gardens and Arsenale—from June 18 to October 29).

National Pavilions and Curators:

United States Pavilion:[9] ARCHitecture LABoratories with Columbia University and UCLA.
Greg Lynn and Hani Rashid, respectively, transformed the U.S. Pavilion into a research laboratory designed to investigate, produce, and present a broad scope of new architectural schemes. A central theme of the studio program was new technology and its application to contemporary housing and other building archetypes. Organized by: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Commissioner: Max Hollein


The 6th International Architecture Exhibition. Castello Gardens. Directed by Hans Hollein. The main exhibition was titled Sensing the Future—The Architect as Seismograph and covered some thirty contemporary masters of architecture.

United States Pavilion:[9] Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture.
The Walt Disney Company has inspired and commissioned the work of many of the leading architects of our day for its hotels, productions, facilities, office buildings, sports facilities and housing developments. Organized by: Disney Imagineering, and The Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Commissioner: Thomas Krens


Architecture: Modernity and the sacred space. Old Granaries on the Giudecca. Curator: Paolo Portoghesi.


The 5th International Architecture Exhibition. Castello Gardens. National pavilions: Forty Architects for the 90s; exhibition of project designs for A Gateway to Venice; exhibition of project designs for the Italian Pavilion; new Bookshop Pavilion designed by James Stirling. Corderie dell'Arsenale: The Venice Prize, an encounter of 43 schools of architecture; exhibition of projects for the new Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido (director: Francesco Dal Co).

United States Pavilion:[9] Peter Eisenman and Frank Gehry.
The similarities and differences between the work of architects Peter Eisenman and Frank Gehry. Organized by: The Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, New York


Italian Pavilion. 12 project designs for the Venice Biennale. National competition, Doge's Palace. Director: Francesco Dal Co.


The 4th International Architecture Exhibition: Hendrik Petrus Berlage—Drawings. Villa Farsetti, Santa Maria di Sala. Director: Aldo Rossi.


The 3rd International Architecture Exhibition: Venice Project, international competition, Castello Gardens. Director: Aldo Rossi.


The 2nd International Architecture Exhibition: Architecture in Islamic Countries. Italian Pavilion at the Castello Gardens (director: Paolo Portoghesi).


The 1st International Architecture Exhibition: The presence of the Past. Included the Strada Novissima exhibition at the Corderie dell'Arsenale, and exhibitions on Antonio Basile, the architect; The Banal Object. An Exhibition of Critics. An Exhibition of Young Architects. Homage to Gardella, Ridolfi and Johnson. Director of the Architecture Section: Paolo Portoghesi.


Theatre of the World. The Dogana at the end of the Zattere, created by Aldo Rossi for the Architecture and Theatre Sections of the Biennale in occasion of the exhibition Venice and the Stage (winter 1979–80).


Utopia and the Crisis of Anti-Nature. Architectural Intentions in Italy. Magazzini del Sale, Zattere. Director: Vittorio Gregotti.


Werkbund 1907. The Origins of Design; Rationalism and Architecture in Italy during the fascist period; Europe-America, old city centre, suburbia; Ettore Sottsass, an Italian designer. Ca' Pesaro, San Lorenzo, Magazzini del Sale, Cini Foundation. Director. Vittorio Gregotti.


On the subject of the Stucky Mill. Magazzini del Sale at the Zattere. Curated by the Visual Arts and Architecture Section of the Biennale, directed by Vittorio Gregotti.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oliver Wainwright: "Rem Koolhaas's Venice Biennale will 'be about architecture, not architects'", in The Guardian, 13 March 2014
  2. ^ Quirk, Vanessa (May 20, 2014). "Phyllis Lambert to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale". ArchDaily. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Quintal, Becky (Jun 7, 2014). "Venice Biennale 2014 Winners: Korea, Chile, Russia, France, Canada". ArchDaily. Retrieved 4 Dec 2014. 
  4. ^ "Andrés Jaque obtiene el León de Plata en la Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia". ElPaís. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Basulto, David (Aug 29, 2012). "Venice Biennale 2012: Awards ceremony, big winners: Alvaro Siza, Japan and Urban Think Tank". ArchDaily. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Rosenfield, Karissa (Jun 27, 2012). "Álvaro Siza wins Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement". ArchDaily. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Official Awards of the 12th Intl. Architecture Exhibitions". Venice Biennale of Architecture. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  8. ^ "The kingdom of architectural visions closes its doors". World Architecture News. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  10. ^ "10th International Architecture Exhibition". Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia. Retrieved 2015-08-22. 
  11. ^ "About the exhibition". Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  12. ^ "Co-Evolution site". Retrieved 2015-08-18. 

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