MIAMI, FL -- Tile of Spain, the association representing over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, recently announced the winners of the 19th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges, chaired by architects Kengo Kuma of KKAA, met on Thursday, November 26th to evaluate the submissions and name a winner in each category.

 

Architecture:

  • “Casa Ter” by Mesura Studio
    • The jury was moved by the connection the single-family home has with the surrounding environment. The structure of the residence was built entirely of concrete and large elongated ceramic pieces, both of which were manufactured with natural clay from nearby La Bisbal, Spain. The interior of the home opens up to nature, establishing a unique indoor-outdoor living concept.

 

Special Mentions:

  • “Runnymede College Campus” by Rojo/Fernández-Shaw
  • “The Young Old House” by Enrique Espinosa & Lys Villalba

 

Interior Design:

  • “Atlantis Gastrobar” by Arantxa Manrique Arquitectes
    • The jury strongly valued the design of this small lounge that allowed ceramic tiles to shine as the true protagonist in this project. Ceramic subway tiles were placed in a vertical arrangement to add height and volume to this small space, while the electric blue bar demands attention by passersby.

 

Special Mentions:

  • “Tienda Camper La Roca” by Tomás Alonso
  • “6 Viviendas en Cabrera de Mar” by TWOBO Arquitectura

 

Final Degree Project:

  • “Propuesta Para un Centro de MENAS” by Andrea Puebla Yubero of CEU San Pablo Madrid
    • The judges admired the proposal for a typology of “impluvium building” beyond the traditional method of constructing a Mediterranean style patio to carry off excess rain water.

 

Special Mentions:

  • “Patios de Agua y Olivos” by Alba Jiménex of ETSA Granada
  • “Salam Bir” by Eduardo Casado López of ETSA Madrid

 

The Judges

The panel of judges was chaired by prestigious Tokyo based architect, Kengo Kuma. After graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in architecture, Kuma founded his own studio, KKAA in his home country of Japan. In 2008, Kuma established Kuma & Associates Europe and is now involved in projects in over twenty countries. The panel of judges also included Javier Villar Ruiz (KKAA), Jonathan Arnabat (Arquitectura-G), Izaskum Chinchilla, Daria de Seta (Garcés-de Seta-Bonet) and Lázaro Rosa-Violán.