solano benítez wins golden lion for best participant at the venice architecture biennale solano benítez wins golden lion for best participant at the venice architecture biennale
may 30, 2016

solano benítez wins golden lion for best participant at the venice architecture biennale

solano benítez wins golden lion for best participant at the venice architecture biennale
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the central pavilion at the venice architecture biennale giardini welcomes visitors with a huge masonry arch erected by paraguayan architect solano benítez. awarded the golden lion for best participant, the installation centers its attention on ‘working with two of the most easily available materials—bricks and unqualified labor— as a way to transform scarcity into abundance.’ the architect together with his studio, gabinete de arquitectura, created an arched structure from a material that is present everywhere and turning it into something aesthetically pleasing that can be built even by the unqualified.

 

after giving the award, the jury stated that the project stood out for ‘harnessing simple materials, structural ingenuity and unskilled labour to bring architecture to underserved communities.’

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the installation focuses on working with the two most easily available materials: bricks and unqualified labor
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gracefully illuminated and casting shadows on the floor, the sumptuous arch sits on a wooden structure that allows the visitors to go around it. made from different bent sections, mortar is used to secure the bricks together, resulting in ‘x’ patterns that flow along the structure. the installation exhibits not only common materials together but a simpleness that contrasts with its imposing nature.

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the aim is to show how scarcity can be transformed into abundance
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the arched structure is erected from different bent sections
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the masonry arch stands at the entrance of the giardini’s central pavilion
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the dramatically illuminated arch casts shadows both on the floor and walls
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
on the walls, visitors can appreciate the construction process
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
the arch sits on a wooden structure
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
mortar is used to secure the bricks together
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
section of the arch
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
‘x’ patterns flow along 
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solano benitez golden lion best participant venice architecture biennale 2016 designboom
general installation view
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