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Venice 2016: Golden Lion goes to Gabinete de Arquitectura, Adeyemi claims Silver

Architecture International

The results are in at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture. The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement went to Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Paraguay’s Gabinete de Arquitectura, led by Solano Benitez, brought home the Golden Lion for Participant for the masonry arch that stood at the entrance to the Central Pavilion. Nigerian-born Kunlé Adeyemi, leader of Dutch practice NLÉ and visiting faculty at Columbia GSAPP took home the silver for his Makoko Floating School, which has been seen on the internet for the last couple of years, but made a cameo behind the Arsenale this year in Venice after floating down the Grand Canal. It was a fitting update of Aldo Rossi’s 1979/80 Teatro del Mundo, reimagined for this Biennale.

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Golden Lion for Best Participant: Gabinete de Arquitectura
Silver Lion for Participant – Kunlé Adeyemi/NLÉ

Golden Lion for Best National Participation: Spain Pavilion
Special Mentions for National Participations: Japan Pavilion, Peru Pavilion

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Masonry arch by Gabinete de Arquitectura/Solano Benitez

Solano Benitez

Solano Benitez

Makoko Floating School by Kunle Adeyemi/NLE

Makoko Floating School by Kunle Adeyemi/NLE

Kunle Adeyemi

Kunle Adeyemi




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