TDC Awards

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2022 TDC Awards - Communication Design

Gwangju Biennale

Agency Pentagram / New York

Client Gwangju Biennale


Exhibits/Signage / Single

Annual ID



The design consists of two juxtaposed parallelograms joined to create a self-supporting glass structure. The wall and a roof feature “Biennale” and “Gwangju” in extruded letterforms that are locked together to hold the 8-foot-tall kiosk in place. A transparent LED screen runs the length of the shelter and displays information and images. The initial project timeline was limited, and the design came together quickly before the Covid-19 pandemic forced organizers to postpone the Biennale twice from its September 2020 opening date. It was installed in time for the Biennale’s opening on April 1 and will remain in place as a public amenity.

2022 Awards

Total Points: 20

TDC Winner


Design Firm

Pentagram / New York

Project Manager

Emma Jung


Paula Scher
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