The 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Fundamentals – came to a close on Sunday 23 November 2014. The show, organized by the Biennale di Venezia presided over by Paolo Baratta and curated by Rem Koolhaas, has become the most controversial architecture iteration of the festival in recent memory — and the most popular, according to statistics released by the Biennale over the weekend, attracting 228,000 visitors during the 6 months aperture period (7.06-23.11) according with the official data provided by the organization, in addition to the 12,214 visitors who attended the preview. These figures cannot be compared with the 178,000 visitors in 2012 (10,408 during the preview) due to the three-month opening period that year.
The competition of Le Maillon was won in April by LAN (Local Architecture Network) with a proposal based on the idea of theatre as a process, rather than a fixed structure (as they quote in their own statement “the foyer-room-logistic” triade). Their design would smoehow work as a city; it could evolve, change, and transform itself as time goes by and at the user’s will. LAN Architecture is the winner of the French National phase of the Big Mat International Architectural Award.