Tile of Spain names Architecture, Interior Design Award winners
Miami, Fla.-Tile of Spain, the association that represents more than 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, has named the winners of the 20th annual Tile of Spain Awards for architecture and interior design. The jury met on November 17, 2021 to evaluate the projects submitted for this year’s awards and select each of the winners.
Following are the winning projects in each category:
“The new headquarters of the Valencia Construction Sector Employment Foundation” by MRM Architects’ Studio
The new headquarters of the Valencia Construction Sector Employment Foundation is located in an industrial district in Valencia, Spain. In keeping with the physical and cultural background of the region, ceramic tiles were used for the construction of the employment center, as this material is one of Valencia’s flagship production products, according to Tile of Spain.
The jury praised the use of large format tiles as a typical feature of the building’s facade. They also emphasized the use of a single surface material applied as exterior cladding to support durability and hygiene in the indoor and outdoor environments of the facilities.
Special mention for architecture:
“Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy of the University of Malaga” by Llps Architects’ Studio
“Life in a Coderch” by Estudio Vilablanch
“Living in Coderch” was a complete renovation of an apartment in the emblematic Banco Urquijo building in Barcelona, Spain. During the restoration of the flat, Estudio Vilablanch recaptured the essence of José Antonio Coderch’s architecture and contemporary style, according to Tile of Spain.
Here, the judges said they were celebrating interior design that enhanced the spirit of Coderch’s unique aesthetic. The jury also noted the exceptional choice of materials and the meticulous care with which the design plan was carried out.
Special mentions for interior design:
“JM55” by BURR and “Cal Garrofa” by Julia Tarnawski & Albert Guerra
“Castilla La Marcha. A resort for motivated Spain” by Gonzalo López Elorriaga (Madrid School of Architecture)
Castilla la MaRcha is a blueprint of a new golf resort, designed to breathe new life into the rural Spanish neighborhood of Peralvillo. According to Tile of Spain, the design plan aims to rejuvenate the vacant city with the leisure and entertainment typical of densely populated cities. The resort’s design concept aims to take guests on a journey through Spain’s past, present and future using strategically placed and thoughtfully designed ceramic installations.
The jury found Gonzalo López Elorriaga’s proposal to use traditional tiles in a modern and unorthodox setting as groundbreaking. The resort’s design concept aims to take guests on a journey through Spain’s past, present and future using strategically placed and thoughtfully designed ceramic installations.
Special mentions for final diploma:
“A public center and temporary accommodation in the former factory of La Asunción” by Mariona Dalmau Benavent (La Salle School of Architecture) and “Hortus Conclusus” by Teresa Clara Martínez López (Madrid School of Architecture)
The jury was chaired by Barcelona-based architect Carlos Ferrater of OAB. In addition to Ferrater, Fermín Vazques, director of b720; Jamie Sanahuja, director of Sanahuja & Partners; Alicia Fernándes, interior designer at Alicia Fernández Interiorismo; José Ma Marzo director of tectónica and Ángel Pitarch president of the Territorial College of Architects of Castellón (CTAC).