Tile of Spain has announced the winners of the annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges, chaired by architect Jorge Silvetti, met in Castellón to decide the award winners.
Winners – Architecture
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 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 valued the 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 of OAB. 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 simple hallway into a focal point that illuminates the entire home.
Final Degree Project
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 panel of judges was chaired by Jorge Silvetti, an architect born in Buenos Aires who has spent most of his career in Boston where he was a founding partner of Machado and Silvetti Associates. In addition to his professional practice, Silvetti has been a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1975.
The panel of judges also included Elías Torres (José Antonio Martínez Lapeña & Elías Torres Tur Architects Studio), Ricardo Carvalho (RCJV Architects), FAD Award winner Jordi Garcés, Belén Moneo (Moneo Brock Studio), designer Mario Ruiz, and Ramón Monfort, a founding member of the Centre of Ceramic Design.