17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
22 May - 21 Nov 2021
Competition for the Architecture Biennale 2021
The winning team had opted for the politically topical theme of "borders", exploring it as a spatial phenomenon. The project also raises the question of how borders are perceived by people who actually live close to them. In what different ways do people experience borders? How do we relate to them? What spatial and physical dimensions does a border take on? In order to find some answers, the team actively involves inhabitants from the catchment area of the Swiss borders. Drawing from this research, the team aims to create an exhibition that speaks specifically of Swiss borders, but also raises for debate the subject of borders in general.
The project team
Mounir Ayoub, architect and journalist; Vanessa Lacaille, architect and garden designer; Fabrice Aragno, film director, producer and cutter; and Pierre Szczepski, painter, sculptor and model maker. Mounir Ayoub and Vanessa Lacaille work together at Laboratoire d'architecture in Geneva. The firm combines architectural and landscaping experiments with research and writing activities.
The jury was made up of Céline Guibat (jury president, architect EPFL, SIA, Zurich, Sion), Anna Hohler (architecture critic, UNIL, SIA, Lausanne), Verena Konrad (architecture curator, Vorarlberg, Austria), Lukas Meyer (architect ETH, FAS, Bellinzona) and Rob Wilson (architecture writer, The architects' journal, London, UK).
This year, 51 dossiers were submitted to Pro Helvetia and in accordance with the competition regulations, seven projects have been selected for the shortlist of the competition.
These seven projects have been chosen by Pro Helvetia based on the recommendation of a specialized jury:
- "Les villes suisses se jettent à l'eau", a project of Paysage n'co sarl: Valérie Hoffmeyer, Monique Keller and Sylvie Kleiber - Geneva
- "Open Limit", a project by LVPH Architectes: Laurent Vuilleumier and Paul Humbert - Pampigny
- "The seven rules", a project of studioSML: Sara Cavicchioli, Léo Collomb, Max Collomb and Lisa Collomb - Lausanne
- "Thicknesses of the Swiss border", a project of Le Laboratoire d'architecture: Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski - Geneva
- «True Story», a project of Patrick Arnold and Benjamin Groothuijse - Zurich
- «VILLA SVIZZERA», a project of Josephine Eigner, Michelle Geilinger, Dennis Häusler and Jan Westerheide - Zurich
- «Walla», a project of Mikael Blomfelt, Roger Boltshauser, Andres Bosshard, Veronika Spierenburg and Sabine von Fischer - Zurich
The seven projects have been presented to the jury in a meeting in November 2018. The candidates that have been selected based on their presentation have been able to pursue and develop their projects for two months before the final assessment.