The 2014 Tile of Spain Awards were delivered on February 10, 2015 in CEVISAMA (Castellón) after the jury’s meeting, held last November, to make a verdict on the thirteenth edition of these acclaimed Spanish architecture awards. The jury lead by Emilio Tuñón -winner of the English category of the 2013 BigMat Award– was made up of six other architects of international success: Cino Zucchi , executive director of the Pritzker Prize and juror of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award; Anupama Kundoo, José María Sánchez , Martha Thorne, Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Ramón Monfort .
The jury decided to award the first prize in the Architecture category to the project “House in Principe Real” (Lisbon ) by portuguese office CAMARIM Arquitectos ( Vasco Correia and Patricia Sousa ) . The jury highlighted the project’s “brilliant interpretation of the use of ceramics in the historic centre of Lisbon. The five-storey house is presented to the street like a traditional ceramic plane, reinterpreted to display different textures”.
The building envelope addresses, in a contemporary way, the tile cladding on the original building, which was severely damaged . The architects defined a set of rules to transform the original tiles’ motif into an abstract pattern made up of three different tiles: a flat tile, an embossed tile and perforated steel pieces that allow light to pass through.
The two honorable mentions in the Architecture category are also family homes . In the “Casa Enroque” by Ángel Luis Rocamora the jury valued “the use of traditional ceramic elements used on the façades, in combination with the opening of the strategically situated voids in the rehabilitation and expansion of an existing building ” . The other mention, awarded to the “Casa Andamio” (Scaffolding House) by Bosch-Capdeferro Architects, was appreciated by the jury for the smart intervention on an existing home, and the use of glazed ceramics on several constructive elements, as catalysts for the vibration of light in the transitional spaces between interior and exterior .
In the category of interior design the first prize was won by the restoration of a historic building in Betxí (Castellón, Spain). Two honorable mentions were also awarded to an excellent renovation in Barcelona (Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau, by Joan Nogué Arbussa) and a grocery store (Shop Bodebo , by CAVAA).
The first prize went “Recuperación del claustro del Palau-Castell de Betxí” by the office “El Fabricante de Espheras”. The jury appreciated the conceptual transformation of the interior space of the cloister by incorporating a mirror surface that “virtually builds” the lost half the Renaissance cloister . The work focuses on the recovery of cloistered space with the addition of a facing traditional clay surface.
The Tile of Spain Awards are organized and promoted by ASCER (Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Ceramic Tiles). Its purpose is to highlight architecture and interior design projects that make the most of floor and wall tiles manufactured in Spain.