Venice Architecture Biennale Announces Golden Lion

Toyo Ito's pavilion takes the exhibition's top honor and the U.S. gets a special mention.

August 29, 2012
The Japanese Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale
Photo © Li Di
The Japanese Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

Toyo Ito snagged the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale for his work on the Japanese national pavilion. The awards jury included Wiel Arets, Kristin Feiress, Robert A.M. Stern, Benedetta Tagliabue, and Alan Yentob. A complete list of winners follows.

Golden Lion for Best National Participation
Commissioner: Toyo Ito
Deputy Commissioners: Atsuko Sato, Tae Mori

Golden Lion for the Best Project of the Common Ground Exhibition
Urban Think Tank
(Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumper) and Justin McGuirk, Torre David / Gran Horizonte, 2012

Silver Lion for a promising practice of the International Exhibition Common Ground
Grafton Architects (Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara)
Exhibition at the Central Pavilion, Giardini



Special Mentions

Katarzyna Krakowiak, Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of great powers, 2012
Commissioner: Hanna Wróblewska
Curator: Michal Libera

United States of America
Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good

Commissioner/Curator: Cathy Lang Ho
Curators: Ned Cramer, David van der Leer
Deputy Curators: Paola Antonelli, Anne Guiney, Zoe Ryan, Michael Sorkin


Commissioner: Grigory Revzin
Curator: Sergei Tchoban
Deputy Curators: Sergey Kuznetsov, Valeria Kashirina

Cino Zucchi
Copycat. Empatia e invidia come generatori di forma, 2012
Exhibition at the Corderie


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