Gabinete de Arquitectura’s “Breaking the Siege” – Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

Gabinete de Arquitectura’s “Breaking the Siege” – Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
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Bricks are an iconic element of Solano Benítez’s studio. An ancestral material, forged by man using an ancient technique of modeling and baking. Bricks are very versatile, cheap and easy to manufacture – even marginalized areas of the world can afford to build houses with brick. Benítez feels the poetry of brick and has experimented with its versatility, relying solely on bricks as the main construction material. [1]

Gabinete de Arquitectura‘s exhibition, designed by Solano Benítez, Gloria Cabral and Solanito Benítez, wasawarded the Golden Lion for Best Participant in the International Exhibition, Reporting From the Front, for “harnessing simple materials, structural ingenuity and unskilled labour to bring architecture to underserved communities.”

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BREAKING THE SIEGE
Gabinete de Arquitectura‘s contribution to the International Exhibition, Reporting From The Front
Venice Biennale 2016

By Gabinete de Arquitectura / Solano Benítez, Gloria Cabral, Solanito Benítez
Asunción, Paraguay

[1] Official Catalog of the 2016 Venice Biennale

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