Tile of Spain announces 2019 award winners

Miami, Fla.— The winners of the 18th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design have been selected.

The winners were selected by panel of judges, which was chaired by Jacob van Rijs, an architect and urban planner born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The panel also included Inês Lobo (Inês Lobo Architecture); David Lorente (H Architects); Eugeni Bach (Anna & Eugeni Bach); Héctor Ruiz Velázquez (Ruiz Velázquez Architecture & Design Team); Tomoko Sakamoto (Spread Editores); and Ramon Monfort, a founding member of the Centre of Ceramic Design.

The winners are as follows:

Winners – Architecture

In the Architecture category, the award went to the “Centro de investigación del Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona” designed by PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera and 2BMFG Arquitectes. Members of the judging panel said they were impressed by the use of ceramics to mimic the buildings environment. Ceramic tile enveloped the facade of the existing building in a transparent “ceramic skin” to create a harmonious balance between the interior and exterior of the hospital. 

Two special mentions were also made in this category: “Patio de los valientes y nueva sala de padres” by Elisa Valero; and “Edificio Tívoli. Rehabilitación de edificio para 22 viviendas, local y aparcamientos” by Martín Lejárraga.

Interior Design 

First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to “Sala de espera en las dársenas de una estación de autobuses” by José María Sánchez Garíca. The judges applauded the relationship between the ceramic details, geometric construction and expansive space to create a harmonious waiting area for travelers. 

Two special mentions included: Vora Arquitectura for “Vallirana 47;” and Kengo Kuma and Javier Villar Ruiz of KKA for “Camper Paseo de Grácia.”

Final Degree Project
In the category reserved for Architecture students, the winning project was awarded to “Memento Mori. La presencia de la ausencia,” the work of Óscar Cruz García from the Madrid School of Architecture. The judges admired the maturity and sensitivity of the student’s detailed design. 

Two special mentions were awarded to: “Dance School” by Alexey Agarkov from the Moscow School of Architecture; and “Barcelona Fabrica” by Felipe Sancho Cervera from the Barcelona School of Architecture.

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