Breaking news: architecture studio DAAR and Brazil have been awarded Golden Lions at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale for the best project on show and pavilion respectively.
They were presented with the prizes at the official award ceremony of the Venice Architecture Biennale, held this morning at the event’s headquarters Ca’ Giustinian.
The British Pavilion, Dancing Before the Moon, was given a special mention for National Participation.
Special mentions were also given to architectural designer Thandi Loewenson, architecture studios Wolff Architects and photographer Sammy Baloji for their contributions to The Laboratory of the Future exhibition.
The Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant was also revealed at the ceremony. This year’s winner was designer Olalekan Jeyifous.
Nigerian architect Demas Nwoko was presented with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Nwoko, aged 88, was selected for the award in March in recognition of his career that has spanned art, design and theatre over the 20th and 21st centuries.
“One of the central themes of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition is an approach to architecture as an ‘expanded’ field of endeavours, encompassing both the material and immaterial worlds; a space in which ideas are as important as artefacts, particularly in the service of what is yet to come,” this year’s curator Lesley Lokko said at the time.
“It seems entirely fitting that the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement should be awarded to someone whose material works span the past 70 years, but whose immaterial legacy – approach, ideas, ethos – is still in the process of being evaluated, understood and celebrated.”
The winners were selected by a jury made up of Italian architect Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Palestinian architect Nora Akawi and American curator Thelma Golden, alongside co-editor of Cityscapes Magazine Tau Tavengwa and Polish architect Izabela Wieczorek.
More on the Golden Lions news follow.
The main photo is by Jacopo Salvi, courtesy of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
The Venice Architecture Biennale takes place from 20 May to 26 November 2023. See Dezeen Events Guide for all the latest information you need to know to attend the event, as well as a list of other architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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