Winners of the 13th Tile of Spain Awards
On 26 November 2014, a panel of judges, chaired by architect Emilio Tuñón, met in Castellón to decide the winners of the Tile of Spain Awards, which have acquired a reputation for excellence in the architecture and interior design sectors.
The judges awarded first prize to the House in Príncipe Real (Lisbon) by CAMARIM Arquitectos Studio (Vasco Correia and Patricia Sousa). The judges highlighted 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.
The judges also awarded special mentions to the following projects:
Casa El Enroque by Ángel Luis Rocamora. In this case, the judges expressed their appreciation of the sensitive use of traditional ceramic tiles on the façades, combined with the openings that open up strategically as part of the restoration and extension of the existing building.
Casa Andamio by bosch.capdeferro arquitectures. One of the features that the judges particularly appreciated 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.
First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to the 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.
The panel of judges also opted to award special mentions to two projects:
Bodebo Store by CAVAA (Jordi Calbetó and Oriol Vañó). 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.
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 commitment 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.
FINAL DEGREE PROJECT
Finally, the awards acknowledge the best Final Degree Project undertaken by students at Architecture Schools where the use of ceramic tiles plays a major role.
The judges agreed to award first prize to Alfama 2.0 by María González Aranguren, a student at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM). The judges were impressed by this attempt 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.
Special mentions were awarded to Re-inhabiting Bujalcayado by Irene Iglesias Román and La Nuit Américaine by Luis Rodríguez Carnero, both students at ETSAM.
More than a decade of the Tile of Spain Awards
The prestige of the various panels of judges and the standard of the winning projects has earned the event, organised by ASCER, a deserved reputation across the Spanish and international architecture scenes. The awards are sponsored by Vodafone Spain, Endesa and PortValencia.