Tile of Spain has announced an open call for the 13th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design competition. The awards honor international excellence in projects with Spanish ceramic tile in three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Degree Project in Architecture, according to the organization.
Presiding over the panel of judges is architect Emilio Tuñón, who, together with the late Luis Moreno Mansilla, founded a studio that has received many prizes including the Mies van der Rohe Award and the Spanish National Architecture Award. The remainder of the panel of judges is made up of Italian architect Cino Zucchi; the executive director of the Pritzker Awards, Martha Thorne; architect Anupama Kundoo; architect José María Sánchez, who is the recent winner of the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, which honors architects under 50 years of age whose work has contributed to improving theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary architecture; Fernando Márquez Cecilia, editor and director of El Croquis architecture journal; and Castellón-based architect Ramón Monfort.
The Awards have a prize fund of approximately $53,000 divided into three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each one is awarded $23,000 (17,000 Euros). The main requirement to participate is that the projects use ceramic tiles made in Spain. The third category is Degree Project, which is aimed to students of Architecture and it is awarded $6,800 (5,000 Euros). The jury may give two special mentions in each category as it reviews the contest entries.
The best architects take part in the Tile of Spain Awards
In previous editions distinguished professionals have been part of the jury like Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alberto Campo Baeza, William J.R. Curtis, Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Patxi Mangado, Manuel Gallego, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Mathías Klotz and Benedetta Tagliabue.
In recent years the competition has awarded a wide range of projects, recognizing the versatility of this material. Last year prizes went to the "Remodeling Work on la Riera de la Salut" and "Casa Luz. A single family home in Cilleros".
Other awarded projects in previous editions were: Catering School in a Former Abattoir, Granada's Teacher Training College, MUCA (Auditorium and Music House); Casa Collage in Girona; a residential building project in Barcelona by Bach arquitectes; the Benidorm West Beach Promenade; the rehabilitation of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona by Miralles-Tagliabue; the Spanish Pavilion in Expo Zaragoza (2008) and in the Aichi Expo in Japan (2005).