grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale


irish practice grafton architects, recipient of the silver lion, has been featured in the padiglione centrale at the 2012 architectural biennale in venice, showcasing the UTEC university campus in lima, peru as part of the exhibition titles ‘architecture as new geography.’
before setting out on the design phase, grafton called upon the help of prtizker prize winner paulo mendes da rocha for cues on building in this radically different environment, specifically looking at his ‘serra dourada stadium’ in line with the idea of the school as an ‘arena for learning.’ this design process of this project demonstrates the importance of collaboration and being open to external influence, exemplifying the theme of the biennale: ‘common ground.’

grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
large scale models of paulo mendes da rocha sit opposite UTEC university models
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
university models
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
photos and drawings backdrop the models giving a sense of context
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
models of paulo mendes da rocha projects
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
image © alice clancy

grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
exhibition layout
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
serra dourada stadium photos
image © paulo mendes da rocha archive

grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
perspective of UTEC
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
UTEC render
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
UTEC render
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
model
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
model
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
elevation sketch
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
university of toulouse
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
university of toulouse
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grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
model
image © alice clancy

grafton architects wins silver lion award at 2012 venice architecture biennale
stone model by sculptor eileen mac donagh
image © alice clancy

 

 

project info:

 

team: yvonne farrell, shelley mcnamara, ger carty, philippe o’sullivan, simona castelli, kieran o’brien, matt mccullagh, james rossa o’hare, donal o’herlihy, joanne lyons, davidj. healy, ivan o’connel, edwin jebb
sculptor: eileen macdonagh
client: UTEC lima
thanks to: annette spiro, marta moreira / MMBB, frederick cooper, hugh campbell, klaus bode, dermot foley landscape architects

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