CASALGRANDE, ITALY -- Over 30 years of history and more than 1,700 projects from five continents. These are the numbers of Casalgrande Padana’s Grand Prix, the international architecture competition, which is now into its 12th edition.

The prestige and respect this event commands is illustrated not just by the high levels of participation it sees, but above all by the impressive quality of the projects sent in from five continents around the world. It means the big names of the architectural world stand side by side with young talents and experienced firms on the common ground of ceramic design, with creativity and technological innovation in abundance. The Grand Prix was set up with the aim of identifying and recognizing works that have done justice to the technical properties and expressive potential of Casalgrande Padana’s porcelain stoneware products. Through the medium of this cultural initiative, Casalgrande Padana, which has always been particularly sensitive and attentive to the evolutions and changes underway in the international architectural scene, supports a competition that transforms ceramics from functional element into undisputed star of the show.

The awarding of works is assigned to an international jury, composed of professionals of established international fame in the architecture and design field, and by the president of Casalgrande Padana, Franco Manfredini, who acts as chairman of the jury. Each member assigns a score to each work according to their impartial and unquestionable judgement.

The evaluation criteria used for drawing up a classification include the planning, functional and application aspects concerning the use of Casalgrande Padana products. The jury highlights the ways, within each of the projects, in which the ceramic material has been turned to account and correctly used at various different levels:

  • In relation to creative flair, the architectural composition, design, use of color and finishes, through to the installation pattern and how the project has been customized
  • Regarding the functional aspect and the technical performance, the use for which the project has been planned and the type of intervention; whether the materials have been applied correctly, the application technique used and the care given to detail.

The twelfth edition of the Grand Prix competition has started and applications are open for projects carried out between 2016 and 2021 with Casalgrande Padana products. All designers (architects, engineers, designers, interior decorators, private or public technical studio professional architecture and interior decorating firms, etc.) who have carried out works in which Casalgrande Padana materials were used for floorings and/or wall coverings of any type, can compete for the prizes. Applications can be made by single professionals or by groups with the appointment of a group leader.

The deadline for registration is December 31, 2021. The date of the postmark shall be deemed to be the date of delivery. For more information, visit