Miami, Fla.—Tile of Spain, the association representing over 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, named its winners of the 20th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges consorted on Nov. 17, 2021, to evaluate the projects submitted into 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 set in an industrial district in Valencia, Spain. In keeping with the region’s physical and cultural backdrop, ceramic tiles were used for the construction of the employment center as this material is one of the Valencia’s flagship manufacturing products, according to Tile of Spain.
The jury praised the use of large-format tiles as a quintessential feature of the building’s façade. They also highlighted the use of a single surface material, applied as an exterior cladding to support the sustainability and hygiene throughout the facilities interior and exterior environments.
Architecture Special Mention:
“Malaga University’s Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy” by Llps Architects’ Studio
“Living in a Coderch” by Estudio Vilablanch
“Living in Coderch” was a full renovation of an apartment in the emblematic Banco Urquijo building nestled 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.
Interior Design Special Mentions:
“JM55” by BURR and “Cal Garrofa” by Julia Tarnawski & Albert Guerra
Final Degree Project
“Castilla La MaRcha. A resort for Motivated Spain” by Gonzalo López Elorriaga (Madrid School of Architecture)
Castilla la MaRcha is a new-wave resort blueprint, devised to revitalize the rural Spanish neighborhood of Peralvillo. According to Tile of Spain, the design plan focuses on rejuvenating the vacant town with the leisure and entertainment typically found in highly populated cities. The resort’s design concept focuses on taking guests on a journey through Spain’s past, present and future with the help of strategically placed and thoughtfully designed ceramic installations.
Final Degree Special Mentions:
“A civic centre and temporary accommodation in La Asunción former factory” by Mariona Dalmau Benavent (La Salle School of Architecture) and “Hortus Conclusus” by Teresa Clara Martínez López (Madrid School of Architecture)
The panel of judges was chaired by Barcelona based architect, Carlos Ferrater of OAB. Judging alongside Ferrater was 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 Colegio Territorial de Arquitectos de Castellón (CTAC).