The panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture and Interior Design, chaired by architect Victor López Cotelo, met in Castellón on Friday, 27th November to decide the winners of the fourteenth edition of these Awards, which enjoy a consolidated reputation within the architecture sector. First prize in the architecture category went to the multipurpose sports hall at the Gavina School, the work of Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez, whilst the winning project in the Interior Design category was the Blue Wave Cocktail Bar by El Equipo Creativo.
The panel of judges was made up of the following leading architects : Víctor López Cotelo, Laura Andreini, Marcos Cruz, Isabel López Vilalta, Juan Domingo Santos, Édgar González and Ramón Monfort.
First Prize in the Architecture category: “Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” (Picanya, Valencia) by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. The panel praised the simplicity and effectiveness of this project, highlighting the application of ceramic tiles in order to resolve acoustic and light control difficulties. The way the material is used also cleverly creates a connection between the interior space and its surroundings.
A special mention went to the “Saint Roch Car Park” (Montpellier, Francia) by Archikubik (Miquel Lacasta, Marc Chalamanch, Carmen Santana). In the case of this project, the judges particularly appreciated the original and systematic use of ceramic tiles as visual and sunlight filter. Indeed, their use adds a sense of unity to this multi-functional building.
In the Interior Design category, the panel of judges agreed to award first prize to the “Blue Wave Cocktail Bar” (Barcelona) by El Equipo Creativo. Highlights of this project include the intriguing exploration and application of the technical and functional qualities of ceramic tiles. It cleverly manages to create an outstanding, festive atmosphere that reflects the use these premises will be put to.
The judges also awarded two Special Mentions in this category: the first went to “Disfrutar Restaurant”, also by El Equipo Creativo, for “its excellent work exploring the possibility of ceramic tiles and their applications”, and the second to “L’Àtic Vernacle” by El Fabricante de Espheras for its “simplicity and austerity in the choice of materials, skilfully creating a delightful living space”.
Finally, the Tile of Spain Awards also include a category that acknowledges the best Final Degree Project carried out by students at Architecture Schools in which the use of ceramic tiles plays a key role (see the Final Degree Project minutes).
The judges awarded first prize in the Final Degree Project category to “Transhumant Renovation” by Laura Alonso Blasco, a student at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).
The judges stressed “Her in-depth technical knowledge and understanding of the material and the experimental use of ceramic tiles. Particularly worthy of mention is the development of this project and the processes employed in order to achieve an integrally aesthetic product that takes full advantage of the possibilities for use”.
There was also a special mention for the project entitled “Mataró Sea Promenade” by Héctor Durán Sánchez, a student at Girona University, “for his skilful choice of materials as a covering solution and the expressive effect that adds character to the setting”.
The panel of judges also awarded two special mentions for the “Archaeological Centre in the Alhambra” by Agustín Gor Gómez, a student at the Granada School of Architecture and “An Integral Renovation Tale: [re]constructing a landscape that never existed” by Jorge Borondo Pérez-Gómez, from the University of San Pablo CEU Madrid). In both cases, the judges highlighted the standard and quality of the proposals in relation to their context.
MORE THAN A DECADE OF TILE OF SPAIN AWARDS
The Tile of Spain Awards, which this year have reached their fourteenth edition, enjoy widespread acknowledgement in the world of architecture, undoubtedly attributable to their brilliant trajectory. Both the prestige of the various panels of judges and the standard of the winning projects, have earned these awards, organised by ASCER, a consolidated reputation on the Spanish and international architecture scenes.
The panel of judges selected for this latest edition was once again made up of outstanding professionals of repute. It was chaired by architect Víctor López Cotelo, who recently received the 2015 Spanish National Architecture Award. The panel also included Laura Andreini, co-founder of the Archea Associati studio; the Portuguese architect Marcos Cruz; renowned interior designer Isabel López Vilalta; Juan Domingo Santos, an architect and lecturer at the Granada School of Architecture; Édgar González, a leading editor specialised in the field of architecture; and the Castellón-based architect Ramón Monfort.
The Tile of Spain Awards include two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each offering cash prizes of €17,000. There is also a category for Final Degree Projects targeting students of Architecture, with cash prizes of €5,000.