Tile of Spain, the association of more than 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, announced the winners of the 17th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design.
The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of more than $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of more than $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.
This year’s winners are:
In the Architecture category, the award went to the “New entrance to Palma’s Intermodal Station,” designed by Joan Miquel Seguí Colomar. Ceramic tiles were used to create a latticework effect as a defining feature for the entrance, marking the threshold between the urban space and the intermodal station. The design marks a return to the Mediterranean tradition of latticework as a filter between exteriors and a more enclosed, user-friendly area.
Two special mentions were also made in this category. First, “Laan Van Spartaan Amsterdam Student Housing” by Studioninedots Amsterdam. The judges highlighted the project as a means of drawing attention to the vast potential of large format tiles. The second special mention went to “Sports hall and classrooms. Francisco de Vitoria University” by Alberto Campo Baeza. The judges particularly valued the outstanding precision in the use of ceramic materials that contributed to the streamlined effect of the building.
First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to “House overlooking the sea” by Xavier Martí and Lucía Ferrater. The judges applauded the use of ceramic floor tiles to create a sense of connection when moving between the various spaces and levels, which formed a harmonious space.
The judges also granted a special mention in the Interior Design category for the project entitled “Integral renovation of Casa Artium,” by María Fernández Torrado – from the Torrado Arquitectura studio. This project includes the use of lightweight large format marble-effect ceramic tiles that transform a seemingly simple hallway into a focal point that illuminates the entire home.
In the category reserved for Architecture students, the winning project was awarded to “A positive happening,” the work of Manuel Bouzas Barcala from the Madrid School of Architecture. The judges admired the student’s creativity and desire to experiment.
Two special mentions were also awarded to “La Vall, a hallway to Barcelona” by Clàudia Calvet Gómez from the Barcelona School of Architecture and “The Limit. A School of Arts and Crafts in Chinchón” by Carmen Martín Hernando from the Polytechnic School at CEU San Pablo University.
The award ceremony will be held on January 29th in Valencia during CEVISAMA.
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