Winners of ASCER's 15th Tile of Spain Awards

The panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design, chaired by architect Gonçalo Byrne, met on 24th November in Castellón to decide the winners of the 15th edition.

The important recognition, which this year comes to its fifteenth edition, boast a magnificent trajectory which is widely-acknowledged in the world of architecture. Both the prestige of the participating judges and the standard of the winning projects have turned these Awards, organised annually by ASCER, into a major event on the Spanish and international architecture scene.

Winner of the Architecture category is ‘Two Homes in Oropesa (Toledo) by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. The use of ceramic tiles was not limited to a mere covering or finish, but instead, as a material capable of enveloping the project, adding a unique appearance. In this category, the panel also decided to give a Special Mention to ‘MM House, Palma de Mallorca’ by Ohlab, a home designed in accordance with the Passivhaus standard in order to guarantee optimum energy efficiency. The design features a sloping roof finished with a white 15x15 cm white ceramic tile, chosen for three reasons: aesthetic considerations, maintenance and easy roof cleaning for the collection and reuse of rainwater.

First prize in the Interior Design category went to ‘TABA espazioa’ by Ibon Salaberria, a space that includes a coffee shop, pizza restaurant and wine bar situated on the ground floor of Tabakalera, San Sebastian’s new International Centre for Contemporary Culture. The floor and bars have been covered with 10x10 cm ceramic tiles in the style of rugs resting on the partition elements between employee and customer.

The jury decided to give a Mention to ‘Casa#77’ by Raúl Montero Martínez and Emilio Pardo Rivacoba, a project to renovate an apartment measuring just 51 m2 situated in the loft of a housing block in Pamplona’s historic quarter.