Golden Lions, Silver Lions and more prizes at the Venice Biennale

The international jury of the 12th international architecture exhibition composed by Beatriz Colomina (Spain) president of the jury, Francesco Dal Co (Italy), Joseph Grima (Italy), Arata Isozaki (Japan), Moritz Küng (Switzerland) and Trinh T. Minh-ha (Vietnam) has decided to confer the official awards of the architecture biennale 2010 as follows:

Rem Koolhaas recieved the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.

Golden Lion for the best national participation went to the kingdom of Bahrain.
(Bahrain Urban Research Team (Tamadher Al Fahal; Muna Yateem; Fay Al Khalifa; Deena Ashraf; Fatema Al-Hammadi; Mohammed Al-Qari); LAPA (Harry Gugger; Leopold Banchini; Simon Chessex; Russell Loveridge; Ning Liu) and Camille Zakharia (photographer and engineer) and Mohammed Bu Ali (producer)
Commissioner: Ministry of Culture & Information; Noura Al-Sayeh. Curators: Noura Al-Sayeh; Fuad Al-Ansari.)

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen and Bas Princen (Belgium and The Netherlands), who made the installation 7 rooms 21 Perspectives, recieved the Silver Lion for promising young participant of the exhibition.

In addition to the official prizes, the jury has decided to assign three special mentions. They went to Amateur Architecture Studio (China) for Decay of a Dome, to Studio Mumbai (India) for Work place, and to Piet Oudolf (The Netherlands) for Il Giardino delle Vergini.