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Venice Biennale Golden Lion winners named

September 1, 2010

Rem Koolhaas, The Kingdom of Bahrain and Junya Ishigami + Associates win at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Golden Lion award winners for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 have been announced.

The Kingdom of Bahrain was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation for their project, ‘Reclaim’. The jury praised the team’s “lucid and forceful self-analysis of the nation’s relationship with its rapidly changing coastline”, with architectural forms – including a selection of fisherman’s huts – presented as a tool to reclaim the sea as public space.

The Golden Lion for Best Project in the exhibition was awarded to Junya Ishigami + Associates from Japan for a “unique and uncompromising vision” in their project ‘Architecture as air: study for château la coste’. The Silver Lion for a promising young participant in this category was presented to OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Belgium) for their collaboration with Dutch photographer Bas Princen.

The awards for the 12th International Architecture Exhibition follow the announcement of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, presented to Rem Koolhaas, and a commemorative Golden Lion awarded in memoriam to Kazuo Shinohara in mid-July.

Amateur Architecture Studio (China) received a special mention for the light and simple structure of their project ‘Decay of a Dome’. Special mentions were also awarded to the “subtle, impressionistic yet carefully orchestrated garden” presented by landscape architect Piet Oudolf (The Netherlands) for ‘Il Giardino delle Vergini’, and to Studio Mumbai Architects (India) for the “immersive environment” of their installation, ‘Work Place’.

*Images* courtesy ["Contessanally":http://contessanally.blogspot.com/] and ["Camille Zakharia":http://www.camillezakharia.com/]

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