Korean Pavilion Wins Top Award at Venice Architecture Biennale

Curator Cho Min-suk holds up the Golden Lion award for the Best National Participation at the award ceremony of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, in Venice, Italy on Saturday. At left is Biennale director Rem Koolhaas. /AP-Newsis Curator Cho Min-suk holds up the Golden Lion award for the Best National Participation at the award ceremony of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, in Venice, Italy on Saturday. At left is Biennale director Rem Koolhaas. /AP-Newsis

The Korean Pavilion curated by Cho Min-suk has won the Golden Lion award for best pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014.

The pavilion, entitled "Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula," sought to demonstrate the potential of a unified Korea by bringing together the architecture of both Koreas. It was part of the broader theme of "Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014" set by Dutch star architect and biennale director Rem Koolhaas.

Twenty-nine architects took part in creating the pavilion that compared the different paths of growth the two Koreas went through over the last 60 years. The project originally meant to include North and South Korean architects.

Francesco Bandarin, the head of the awards committee, said the pavilion presents a fresh approach to architectural knowledge despite the political circumstances on the divided peninsula, and hailed the project as "research in action."

Accepting the award, Cho said that he looked back 100 years to gain a glimpse of the future and hopes that a unified Korea will be able to host an architectural exhibition that does not have to rely on radical elements like the division of a nation.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 09, 2014 11:45 KST