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Winners of the 2018 Tile of Spain Awards – News

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5 Feb 2019

The Tile of Spain Awards celebrate the creative use of Spanish ceramics in interior design and architecture around the globe. Now in its 17th year, this prestigious event is organised by ASCER, the Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers’ association.

First prize in the Architecture category, with a cash award of 17,000 Euros, has been given to ‘New Entrance to Palma’s Intermodal Station’ by Joan Miquel Seguí Colomar whilst the Interior Design top prize, also 17,000 Euros, was scooped by design duo Xavier Martí and Lucía Ferrater for their project ‘House overlooking The Sea’. In the category reserved for Architecture students, the winning Final Degree Project, awarded 5,000 Euros, was ‘A Positive Happening’, the work of Manuel Bouzas Barcala from the Madrid School of Architecture.

The panel of judges comprised architects Jorge Silvetti (chair), Elías Torres, Ricardo Carvalho, Jordi Garcés, Belén Moneo, Mario Ruiz and Ramón Monfort.

Palmas Intermodal Station
Palma’s Intermodal Station uses latticework tiles to create a dramatic entrance. Photograph: Adriá Goula

2018 Tile of Spain Awards

First prize – Architecture
The judges have chosen ‘New Entrance to Palma’s Intermodal Station’ by Joan Miquel Seguí Colomar. The panel of judges particularly valued the use of ceramic tiles to create a latticework effect as a defining feature for the entrance, marking the threshold between the urban space and the intermodal station’s service infrastructures. The design marks a return to the Mediterranean tradition of latticework as a filter between exteriors and a more enclosed, user-friendly area. The bold use of ceramic tiles is an ideal solution for a structural resource that is concealed from the exterior.

Special mention – Architecture

Student Housing
Student housing by Studioninedots. Photograph: Michael Van Oosten

Sports Hall
Sports Hall by Alberto Campo Baeza. Photograph: Javier Callejas

A special mention was given to ‘Laan Van Spartaan Amsterdam student housing’ by Studioninedots Amsterdam. In this case, the judges highlighted the project as a means of drawing attention to the vast potential of ceramic tiles in the field of large-format prefabricated elements. A second special mention was given to ‘Sports hall and classrooms. Francisco de Vitoria University’ by Alberto Campo Baeza.
The judges valued not only the underlying perfection of this idea, but also the outstanding precision in the use of ceramic materials that contribute to the streamlined effect of a building where neatness in the use of details is essential.

First prize – Interior Design

House Overlooking the Sea
‘House overlooking the sea’ by Xavier Martí and Lucía Ferrater. Photograph: Alejo Bagué

The panel of judges awarded first prize in the Interior Design Category 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, forming a harmonious continuum with the other materials featured.

Special Mention – Interior Design

Casa Artium
In this renovation María Fernández Torrado uses large-format marble-effect ceramic tiles to transform a hallway. Photograph: Amador Toril

In this category, the judges opted to award a special mention to the project entitled ‘Integral renovation of Casa Artium’ by María Fernández Torrado (Torrado Arquitectura). An intervention project that includes the use of lightweight large-format marble-effect ceramic tiles that transform a seemingly simple distribution passage space into a focal point that illuminates the entire home.

First Prize – Final Degree Project

Un Buen Suceso
In this design for a church by Manuel Bouzas Barcala, the arrangement of patterned tiles on the floor reflects the ceiling structure above.

In the Final Degree Project category, the judges gave First Prize to ‘A Positive Happening’ by Manuel Bouzas Barcala from the Madrid School of Architecture.

The judges admired the author’s creativity and desire to experiment. A further deciding factor was the clarity of ideas underpinning the thesis and the original application of ceramic tiles as a surrounding with a capacity for creating architecture.

Special Mentions – Final Degree Project

The judges also awarded two special mentions to the projects entitled ‘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.

In the case of ‘La Vall, a hallway to Barcelona’, the jury appreciated the use of ceramic tile cupolas and tubular skylights to create a connection between the underground areas of the metro and the street level, thereby converting architecture into a mechanism for social interaction.

La Vall
‘La Vall, a hallway to Barcelona’ by Clàudia Calvet Gómez

The Limit. A School of Arts and Crafts in Chinchón
‘The Limit. A School of Arts and Crafts in Chinchón’ by Carmen Martín Hernando

In their assessment of the project entitled ‘The Limit. A School of Arts and Crafts in Chinchón’, the judges made particular mention of the effective use of units placed lengthwise and featuring eye-catching vaulted roofs topped with reinforced structural ceramic sheets.

About the Awards
The objective of the Tile of Spain Awards is to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). They are sponsored by Endesa, Valencia Port Authority, Bankinter, PWC, Weber Saint-Gobain, Renault and CESCE. The Tile of Spain Awards boast a consolidated trajectory and are held in high esteem by architecture professionals.

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes for a total of €39,000 and are divided into three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of €17,000. 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 €5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.

The award ceremony will be held on 29th January 2019 in Valencia during CEVISAMA.
Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at www.tileofspainawards.com

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