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Venice 2010: Bahrain bags Best of Show at Biennale

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Bahrain’s ‘exploration of the decline of the sea culture’ has won the Golden Lion for the best national participation at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale

Entitled RECLAIM, the features three fisherman’s huts displaced from their original sites in the Kingdom and has been hailed as the ‘first official national participation of a Gulf State at the Venice Architecture Biennale’.

The exhibition’s concept, design and production were realised in collaboration with lapa at the EPFL, Lausanne, and its director Harry Gugger - the former Herzog & de Meuron partner, now principal of Harry Gugger Studio.

Regarding ‘People Meet in Architecture’ theme, the Bahrain coastal huts worked best. Lured by wonderful incense and smiling Bahranian students these huts were convivial and uniquely encouraged people to meet.

Visitor Robert Evans, of Matlock-based Evans Vettori said: ‘Regarding ‘People Meet in Architecture’ theme, the Bahrain coastal huts worked best [out of all the pavilions]. Lured by wonderful incense and smiling Bahranian students these huts were convivial and uniquely encouraged people to meet.’



The exhibition in the Arsenale Artigliere will run until the 21 November.

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