A few minutes ago we attended to the awards ceremony at the Biennale, after which it opened officially to the public (until Nov 25th). David Chipperfield, director of the 13th Biennale, and Paolo Baratta, president of the Biennale, presented the awards for Lifetime Achievement, National Participations and International Participations. The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement was already announced, and it went to Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. Alvaro couldn’t attend the ceremony due to a broken arm, so Ines Lobo, curator of the Portuguese pavilion, accepted the award on his behalf.
For the National pavilions, the jury decided to give three mentions: Poland, Russia and USA. The Golden Lion was awarded to the Japan Pavilion, with the exhibit “Architecture, possible here? Home-for-All” curated by Toyo Ito, with the participation of Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata and Naoya Hatakeyama. Toyo Ito dedicated the award to the victims of the tsunami. As for the International Exhibitions, the special mention went to Cino Zucchi, the Silver Lion to Grafton Architects, and the Golden Lion to “Torre David / Gran Horizonte”, the installation by Urban-Think Tank, Justin McGuirk and Iwan Baan. More photos after the break.
Cite:David Basulto. "Venice Biennale 2012: Awards ceremony, big winners: Alvaro Siza, Japan and Urban Think Tank" 29 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/268392/venice-biennale-2012-awards-ceremony-big-winners-alvaro-siza-japan-and-urban-think-tank/>