The Awards ceremony of the 18th edition of the Tile of Spain Awards took place in Valencia, on February 4th, during the 38th edition of CEVISAMA, the leading fair for the Spanish ceramic tile manufacturing industry. Back in November 2019, the jury met at ASCER’s (Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Azulejos y Pavimentos Cerámicos) headquarters in Castellón de la Plana. Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV), Inês Lobo (Inês Lobo Arquitectura), David Lorente (H Arquitectes), Eugeni Bach (Anna & Eugeni Bach), Héctor Ruiz Velázquez (Ruiz Velázquez Architecture & Design Team), Tomoko Sakamoto (Spread Editores), and Ramón Monfort (CTAC) decided to award the first prize in the architecture category to Santa Creu & Sant Pau Hospital Research Center in Barcelona by PICHarchitects Pich-Aguilera and 2BMFG Arquitectes whose permeable ceramic envelope seeks to blend in with the architecture in general. The first prize in the interior design category went to a project for the waiting areas of a bus station in Badajoz by José María Sánchez García, where ceramic tiles alone succeed in meeting all the expected requirements of coverings used in public spaces. The jury decided to award two special mentions in both categories. In the final degree project category, the jury awarded a first prize and two special mentions. The first prize went to “Memento Mori. The Presence of an Absence” by Óscar Cruz García from Madrid School of Architecture.
Winner: Santa Creu & Sant Pau Hospital Research Centre in Barcelona, by PICHarchitects_Pich-Aguilera & 2BMFG Arquitectes.
The jury highlighted the innovative use of a ceramic material and the context in which it was used, with its capacity to blend into part of the surroundings. The façade is a permeable ceramic envelope that guarantees visual links between indoors and out, with a chameleonic outer appearance.
Special mention: Courtyard of the Brave & the New Parents’ Room, by Elisa Valero.
The jury commended the surprising application that was given to a widespread common ceramic material by playing around with it and retransforming a small octagonal section of building. Local references, through a use of specific materials and shapes, are the keys to a project designed with ingenuity and economy of means.
Special mention: Edificio Tívoli, by Martín Lejárraga Architects’ Studio.
The jury praised the contrasts that were used in the building’s refurbishment, taking advantage of ceramic materials to reinforce the sense of interplay between the existing building and the new one. Color and geometry act as a linking thread, signaling the refurbishment work done to the interiors and exteriors of the building.
Winner: A project for the waiting areas of a bus station in Badajoz, by José María Sánchez García.
Special mention: “Vallirana 47”, by Vora Arquitectura.
The jury highlighted the way the project acted as a palimpsest, adding a further layer to a 20-year-old property and playing with the color and material aspect of the different tiled floors. Interplay with geometrical shapes and the contrast with the new layout play a silent starring role in this delicate design project.
Special mention: Camper Paseo de Gràcia, by KKAA (Kengo Kuma / Javier Villar Ruiz).
The jury was struck by the versatility of a ceramic material used as a star feature in a store, with a dual function as a display for products with a strong decorative impact.
Final degree project
Winner: “Memento Mori. The Presence of an Absence”, by Óscar Cruz García from Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM).
The jury highlighted the maturity and sensitivity of a project that was thoroughly illustrated and deeply felt. Attention to detail is the leitmotif of a sequence of spaces where nature, materials and atmospherics are all combined.
Special mention: Dance school, by Alexey Agarkov from Moscow Architecture School (MARCH School).
Praise was given to the project’s capacity to generate atmospheres and spaces conspicuous for their beauty and amazing simplicity. Ceramic materials are used to contribute to the spaces’ architectural forms and to the quality of the light and materials.
Special mention: Barcelona Fabrica, by Felipe Sancho Cervera from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB).
The jury admired how a simple ceramic material was used to create intermediate spaces of huge complexity and spatial value. By making tiny modifications to the material’s geometry, position, colour and direction, added environmental value is brought to outdoor, intermediate and indoor spaces.