Get to know the winners of Triennale 2019

Saturday afternoon was our time to celebrate talent. The small auditorium of the CCB filled up with the most diverse generations and practices in contemporary architecture. Along with Denise Scott Brown, already announced as the Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Lifetime Achievement Award, we also unveiled the winners of the Début and Universities prizes. Since Scott Brown wasn’t able to travel, her son, Jim Venturi, took the stage in her representation, reminding us not only about the relevance of architecture and this recognition, but also to congratulate his mother on her 88th anniversary, celebrated on 3 October, the same day as the opening of Triennale, “perhaps she’s celebrating in a slot machine in a Las Vegas casino”, he said, joking. Triennale brought to the public her critical essay written in 1969 “On Pop Art, Permissiveness and Planning”, translated into Portuguese for the first time by Joaquim Moreno and Telma Costa. The Chilean architect Enrique Walker, spoke on behalf of the entire jury to remind Denise as one of the undeniable voices of the 20th Century, whose dialogue and practice are still alive, inspiring several disciplines. Leonor Antunes was the commissioned artist for this award, with a delicate artwork entitled “Ana”. In the words of Jim, this original piece represents “the connections and relationships as a triangle of possibilities. This piece is Denise itself”. 

"Ana"(2019) Leonor Antunes © Nick Ash
José Mateus, António Monteiro, Jim Venturi, Enrique Walker © Millennium bcp JMC
Jim Venturi © Millennium bcp JMC

The Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Début Award was given to the Spanish duo Bonell+Dòriga (Laura Bonell and Daniel López-Dòriga), justified by the way they articulate past and present, through the preservation of character and the exploration of new ways of living. The Catalan studio gained recognition with the work A Series of Rooms, presented during the ceremony, which explores the multidisciplinarity of domestic spaces and the archetypes of living. Ana Dana Beroš has announced on stage the importance of recognizing architects in the beginning of their career. Ana believes that they are the ones who have the answers and responsibilities for the current crisis, in its various dimensions, economic, political and environmental. Another Ana’s compliments to the Début shortlist is its diversity, which includes both radical interventions grounded to construction sites, and processes that go beyond the architectural object. For the winners, being a début means that their curiosity, energy and the sense of opportunity must be present in every architectural work whatever its scale. Given by António Monteiro, chairman of the Millennium bcp Foundation, the Barcelona based duo took home not only their recognition, but also a prize worth €5000. 

Bonell + Dòriga © Millennium bcp JMC

An Inverted Spectator of Instituto Superior Técnico, by Bárbara Fonseca, Carolina Claro, Francisco Gomes, João Neves was the winner project of the Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Competition, as a result of the call to design a community centre for this eastern part of the city, Marvila and was presetend by Véronique Patteeuw. The two honourable mentions were given to Hortus Conclusos and Sequences, both from the Architecture Master of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, by Mats Einevoll Heggernaes and Julia Kolacz. Joining them on stage and praising the importance of this award, Catarina Vaz Pinto, Councillor for Culture of the Lisbon City Hall, as strategic partner of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, recalled the integration of this competition in the European programme ROCK (Regeneration and Optimization of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities). Along with this projects, a selection of proposals is showcased in the exhibition Natural Beauty, at Sinel de Cordes Palace. 

Between exhibitions, Associated Projects and tours by the curators, we inaugurated the Triennale 2019. In a festive atmosphere that complimented architecture, we discovered together the meaning of economy of means, interpreted the evolution of ornament in the history of architecture and understood how the imagination is built. Beyond that inner world, we celebrated our talents together with the Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Awards.

António Monteiro, An Inverted Spectator, José Mateus, Véronique Patteeuw © Millennium bcp JMC
António Monteiro - Chairman Millennium bcp © Millennium bcp JMC
José Mateus - Chairman Lisbon Architecture Triennale © Millennium bcp JMC
Catarina Vaz Pinto - Councillor for Culture of the Lisbon City Hall© Millennium bcp JMC
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