Japan Pavilion Receives Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale

curated by Toyo Ito

JA+U : Japan Pavilion Receives Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale ©Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography by Naoya Hatakeyama

The Japan Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion at the 13th Annual Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition.

JA+U : Japan Pavilion Receives Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale ©Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography by Naoya Hatakeyama

This year's exhibition was entitled “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-All”. 

Architects Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata and Toyo Ito collaborated on the exhibition's design under the theme of a “Home-for-All”, developing ideas surrounding a community center for victims of the Tohoku earthquake in the devastated coastal town of Rikuzentakata. Photographer Naoya Hatakeyama documented the construction process.

JA+U : Japan Pavilion Receives Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale ©Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography by Naoya Hatakeyama

JA+U : Japan Pavilion Receives Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale ©Shinkenchiku-sha

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The Japan Foundation, the organizer of the pavilion, shared with us Toyo Ito's comment:

Let me first say what an honor this is. Our theme this time being the highly unusual one of “catastrophe” we were concerned about to what extent people from other countries would understand the exhibit; we are delighted they have been able to do so, and that the exhibit has been awarded this prize.

This was, in addition, a small project conceived under special conditions – those of a disaster-affected area – and we are also very pleased to have it so broadly understood that within that small project we take a fresh look at architecture in the most primitive of terms: asking what is architecture, and what does it mean for people to gather together?

JA+U : Japan Pavilion Receives Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Photography by A+U

JA+U : Japan Pavilion Receives Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale ©Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography by Naoya Hatakeyama