“Recognized by all for its efficiency,” the pavilion that Álvaro Siza designed for last year’s Venice Bienniale of Architecture will remain on display and be utilized as “additional space” by the new curators in 2014 and 2016.
The directors of the Bienniale decided to keep the pavilion by the Portuguese architect - who in 2012 received the Golden Lion in Venice, a distinction that he had also received in 2002 - following a proposal by the commissioner of the last Bienniale, English architect David Chipperfield.
On its official website, the directors of the Bienniale thanked Álvaro Siza for agreeing to maintain his pavilion, which is an ephemeral red structure, situated in the Giardino delle Vergini, in the zone of Arsenale. Last year, the pavilion was a signature piece of the Portuguese architect, particularly since he couldn't attend the opening or the award ceremony due to health-related issues.
Portuguese architecture was also represented at the 2012 Bienniale through the exposition "Lisbon Ground," where in addition to Siza, architects Eduardo Souto de Moura, Francisco Aires Mateus, Byrne Gonçalo, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Manuel Aires Mateus and Ricardo Bak Gordon participated. The show was seen by nearly 5,000 people between August and November.