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Winners Announced for the 2012 ASCER Tile of Spain Awards

Awards are given for excellence in architecture and interior design


Winners Announced for the 2012 ASCER Tile of Spain Awards

First Prize, Interior Design Category: Teacher Training College

Photo courtesy of ASCER

The eleventh edition of the ASCER Tile of Spain Awards in Architecture and Interior Design has announced the winners in this year’s competition. The awards were created to honor excellence in interior design and architecture and have grown to be a highly respected competition in both the Spanish and international architecture scene.

The panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards in Architecture and Interior Design was chaired by Architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Additional judges were architects Luis Martinez Santa-Maria; Francisco Aires Mateus from Portugal; Joseph Grima, editor of Domus magazine; international designer Matali Crasset; architecture critic from El Pais newspaper, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa; and Ramon Monfort, from the Castellon College of Architects.

And the 2012 winners are…

First Prize, Architecture Category
The Catering School in a Former Abattoir
Medina Sidonia
By Sol 89 – Maria Gonzalez Garcia and Juanjo Lopez de la Cruz
From the judges: “This project displayed a strong awareness of the current context, resulting in a resource-economic design yet which demonstrated an outstanding sense of tact and appropriateness.”

First Prize, Interior Design Category
Teacher Training College
By Ramon Fernandez-Alonso Borrajo
From the judges: The project’s winning qualities include the “original feature of bringing ceramic tiles from the exterior into the interior of the building.”

Special Mention, Architecture Category
Remodeling of Plaza Mayor and Projection over the Duero
By Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo Arquitectos
From the judges: This project stood out for its “bold, sweeping gesture of emptying a square and the use of the material in earth tones to create an atmosphere of serenity.”

Best Final Year Project

This special category highlights a project by undergraduates at Architecture Schools in which the use of ceramic tiles plays a predominant role. This year’s competition received such a quality level of entries that the judges decided to make four special mentions in addition to the top prize winner. Two of the four projects that received special mentions this year were the work of students from schools outside of Spain.

First Prize
A Meeting of Fabrics -- l’unite flottante, inhabiting the Alexander
By Dolores Parrilla Ayuso, Madrid School of Architecture
From the judges: This project was deserving due to its “recovery and transformation of a former industrial unit into a pilgrims’ hostel which includes the use of a new ceramic fabric patent. The contrast between the robustness and the lightness of this project is highly suggestive. A suggestiveness that is evident in the drawings and sketches used to present this idea.”

Special Mentions
The Lost Tanka Archipelago
By Michelle Lam, Master of Architecture student at University College London
From the judges: Of particular value is this project’s “contribution to research in possibilities provided by ceramic materials.”

Cemetery – Island in Fleves, Greece
By Angela Juarranz Serrano from the Madrid School of Architecture
From the judges: This project was selected for the student’s “understanding of the importance of place in achieving symbolic value in the continuity of the landscape.”

New Value
By Benjamin Reynolds from Architectural Association School of Architecture in London
From the judges: In this case, judges were impressed by “the sophistication and irony of the project by using the design process to question social reality and the imbalance of power.”

Revitalising Lisbon’s Former Cinema-theatres
By Ana Gonzalez Perez from the Madrid School of Architecture
From the judges: The most outstanding feature of this project was “the regeneration of an area of Lisbon through the creation of gaps and openings, reusing abandoned theatres and applying the ceramic tiles that characterize the center of Baixa Pombalina in a creative manner.”

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