Winners of the 13th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards

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Winners of the 13th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards

International Architectural Awards 2014

9 Dec 2014

Winners of the 13th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards

A house in Lisbon with an original ceramic tile façade wins in the Architecture category
The restoration of the cloister at Betxí Castle, winner of the Interior Design category In the Final Degree Project category, first prize is awarded to ‘Alfama 2.0’ by María González Aranguren from the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM)

The judging panel was made up of the following architects: Emilio Tuñón, Cino Zucchi, José Mª Sánchez, Martha Thorne, Anupama Kundoo, Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Ramón Monfort

On Wednesday 26th November, the panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture and Interior Design, presided over by architect Emilio Tuñón, met in Castellón to choose the winning entries for the 13th edition of these prestigious honours. Restoration projects proved to be highly successful this year.

First prize in the architecture category was awarded to the renovation of a house in Lisbon’s historic quarter. The two special mentions in this category were also awarded to residential designs for single family units.

In the Interior Design category, the honours went to the sensitive restoration of a historic castle in Betxí (in the province of Castellón).

Two special mentions were also made in this category: a magnificent restoration project in Barcelona and a grocery store.

Winners Of The 13th Edition Of The Tile Of Spain Awards

The panel of judges deliberate during the meeting held yesterday at the ASCER offices.

Winner: ARCHITECTURE category
The judges decided to award first prize in the Architecture category to a project entitled “House in Príncipe Real” (Lisbon) by CAMARIM Arquitectos Studio (Vasco Correia and Patricia Sousa). The judges have high praise to this project, highlighting in particular “the brilliant interpretation in the use of ceramic tiles in Lisbon’s historic quarter. The house, built on five floors, looks out onto the street boasting a new textured take on the traditional ceramic tile façade”.

House in Príncipe Real by CAMARIM Arquitectos. Photography: Nelson Garrido.

The judges also awarded two special mentions to the following projects:

“Casa El Enroque”, by Ángel Luis Rocamora. In this case, the judges expressed their appreciation for the “sensitive use of traditional ceramic tiles on the façades, combined with the apertures that open up strategically as part of the restoration and extension of the existing building”.

El Enroque House, by Ángel Luis Rocamora. Photography: M.A. Cabrera.

“Casa Andamio” by bosch.capdeferro arquitectures. A key aspect that was particularly appreciated by the judges was the “highly intelligent approach to an intervention on an existing building, as well as the use of glazed ceramic tiles in various construction elements as a means of catalysing specific plays of light within the transition spaces between the interiors and exteriors

Casa Andamio by bosch.capdeferro arquitectures. Photography: José Hevia

Winner: INTERIOR category
First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to a project entitled “Restoration of the Cloister at Betxí Castle” by El Fabricante de Espheras studio. The judges remarked on “the conceptual transformation of the interior space of the cloister through the inclusion of a large mirrored surface that forms a “virtual construction” of half of the lost Renaissance cloister.” The work focuses on recovering the cloister space by including a traditional terracotta wall.

Restoration of the cloister at Betxí Castle, by El Fabricante de Espheras. Photography: Milena Villalba.lalba.

The panel also opted to award special mentions to two projects in the Interior Design category:

“Bodebo Store” by CAVAA (Jordi Calbetó and Oriol Vañó). In this case, the judges valued the “refreshing no-fuss intervention of the renewed interior, as well as the straightforwardness and efficiency in the use of the various ceramic tiles.”

Bodebo Store by CAVAA. Photography: Jordi Surroca

“Restoration of the Administration Hall of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site”, by Joan Nogué Arbussa. The judges praised the magnificent restoration work undertaken, highlighting in particular “its vocation to restore it to its original state, incorporating original ceramic tiles whilst also introducing a contemporary take on those sections for which there was no objective information”.

Restoration of the Administration Hall at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, by Joan Nogué. Photography: Marcela Grassi and Robert Ramos.

Winner: FINAL DEGREE PROJECT category
Finally, the Tile of Spain Awards also includes a category to acknowledge the best Final Degree Project undertaken by students at Architecture Schools where the consideration of ceramic tiles plays a major role.

The panel awarded first prize in the Final Degree Project category to ‘Alfama 2.0’ by María González Aranguren, a student at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM). The judges were impressed by this project to restore Lisbon’s Alfama district, making particular mention of the high standard of the proposal, both in terms of urban planning and architecture. They also admired the optimistic construction interpretation of Lisbon’s traditional ceramic tile façades.

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Two special mentions were also given: one to the project entitled ‘Re-inhabiting Bujalcayado’ by
Irene Iglesias Román and “La Nuit Américaine” by Luis Rodríguez Carnero, both students at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).

In the case of ‘Re-inhabiting Bujalcayado’ the judges particularly valued the desire to revitalise the architectural remainsof Bujalcayado as well as the highly personal building proposal.

As for ‘La Nuit Américaine’, the Final Degree Project by Luis Rodríguez Carnero, the judges stressed the rich urban collage proposed for the film archives, as well as the ample use of ceramic tiles in the construction of the façades.

Over a decade of Tile of Spain Awards
The Tile of Spain Awards, which this year marked their thirteenth edition, enjoy widespread recognition in the world of architecture, having brought many impressive projects to attention to date. Both the prestige of the various members of judging panel over the years and the standard of the winning projects, have consolidated the reputation of these awards, organised by ASCER, within both the Spanish and international architectural communities.

The panel of judges selected for this latest edition consisted of professionals with esteemed reputations within their fields. It was chaired by architect Emilio Tuñón, founder (together with the late and sadly-missed Luis Moreno Mansilla) of the Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos studio, winner of prestigious awards such as the Mies van der Rohe Award and the Spanish National Architecture Award. The panel also included Italian architect Cino Zucchi; Martha Thorne, the executive director of the Pritzker Awards; Indian architect Anupama Kundoo; young architect José María Sánchez (who recently received BSI Swiss Architectural Award for architects under 50 whose work has contributed to improving the theory and practice of contemporary architecture); Fernando Márquez Cecilia, editor and director of El Croquis architecture journal; and the Castellón-born architect Ramón Monfort.

The Tile of Spain Awards honour 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. The Awards are sponsored by Vodafone Spain, Endesa and PortValencia.

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Winners of the 13th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards images / information received 9 Dec 2014


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