Tau Ceramica's Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, a research structure used to study new and innovative ceramic applications, won the Tile of Spain Award of Architecture and Interior Design 2002.

The use of next-generation ceramic cladding provides the structure with a protective covering containing multiple performance features -- including dimensional stability, energy savings, acoustic abatement, and safety, Tau says.

Ceramic tiles were fastened to the building via the Mecanotubo-Tau system, which is designed to provide a large supporting surface.

The Tile of Spain Award of Architecture and Interior Design was launched by the Spanish ceramic tile trade association ASCER. This is the first year the association has given out awards. They are conferred to single out projects in which architectural or design content has enhanced awareness of the use of ceramic tiles produced in Spain.