The International FAD Award goes ex aequo to two very different projects: the new Munch Museum in Oslo, by Juan Herreros and Jens Richter, and Air/Aira/Aire, an immersive experience by the architect Olga Subirós for the Catalan pavilion of the Venice Biennale, to which she invited the architecture practice 300.000 Km/s and which featured a sound installation by John Talabot interpreted by Maria Arnal. A warning about the poor quality of the air we breathe that some international media highlighted as one of the best of the Biennale. In the case of the Norwegian museum, the jury chaired by Carme Pinós, with Pere Buil and Diane Gray as members, wanted to value “the persistence in the face of all kinds of vicissitudes to carry out a work of this complexity abroad, given the difficulty of the physical and cultural distance”. The completion of the building was a ten-year undertaking full of setbacks. With regard to Subirós’s proposal, the jury highlights “the critical spirit of the pavilion with the environmental conditions of the present, a necessary contribution in an environment of reflection such as the Venice Biennale, beyond the function of celebrating architecture”.
Institut Ramon Llull. Catalonia in Venice
Biennale Architettura Venice 2021