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Luxembourg Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale: Three winning projects for the second round

The jury of the call for projects for the conception of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale met on Wednesday, June 1 and selected the three winning projects for the second jury session from among 13 applications received.

The members of the jury of the competition for the realization of the Luxembourg pavilion of the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale – 2023 would like to thank all the candidates for the interest they have shown, by participating in this competition, in the presence of Luxembourg at this international event. They would also like to pay tribute to the work they have done on this occasion.

The jury chose three projects which, while rooted in spatial, political, ethical or social themes that are highly topical for the Luxembourg territory, are directly related to the major contemporary issues facing international architecture: access to resources and raw materials, the production and sharing of wealth and the narratives that result from it, the question of the “common” and “diversity”, the ways – normative or resilient – of inhabiting the world, the sustainability of buildings and their resistance to climatic assaults, in short all the challenges facing interconnected and expanding societies throughout the planet.

The jury has therefore favoured projects that place the inhabitants at the center of their concerns in order to involve them, in a horizontal manner, in the ongoing reflections on the built environment, housing, urbanisation and cohabitation. So many subjects of major political and cultural importance for the future of societies, whether Western or not.

The theme of the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale, “Laboratory of the future,” announced on May 31, emphasizes the prospective dimension of this event and outlines two important curatorial lines through two key-words: decarbonization and decolonization, “two gifts to the canon of architecture,” “two powerful words, both local and global,” which allow us to rethink our relationship to space and to people.

Selected curatorial teams:

  • Mike Fritsch, Valentin Bansac, Alice Loumeau
  • Peter Swinnen, Anne Judong, David Peleman, Nathan Heindrichs & Beatriz Van Houtte Alonso
  • Francelle Cane, Marija Marić

The jury is composed of:

  • Michelle Friederici, President of the Luxembourg Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers
  • Cécile Fries-Paiola, Architect, sociologist and lecturer at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nancy
  • Claudine Hemmer, Advisor for visual arts and architecture, Ministry of Culture Luxembourg
  • Nikolaus Hirsch, Artistic Director of CIVA – Architecture, Landscape, Urbanism, Brussels
  • Sara Noel Costa de Araujo – Studio SNCDA, Architect and Curator of the Luxembourg Pavilion 2021
  • Guittou Muller, Representative of LUCA
  • Hélène Doub, Representative of Kultur | lx

The deadline for the second round is July 14, 2022 and the winning project will be announced on July 22.