Tile of Spain Awards 2014 call for entries

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Lisbon Aquarium by Radek Brunecky – shortlisted finalist, 2013

Dezeen promotion: entries are now being accepted for the Tile of Spain Awards, the annual competition run by the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer's Association (ASCER).

Now in its thirteenth year, the awards programme is open to international architecture and interior projects that have used ceramics made by Spanish companies in their design.

Casa 4 en 1. by Manuel Clavel Rojo – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by David Frutos. Above: Lisbon Aquarium extension by Campos Costa Arquitectos. Image by Radek Brunecky – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013.
Casa 4 en 1. by Manuel Clavel Rojo – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by David Frutos. Above: Lisbon Aquarium extension by Campos Costa Arquitectos. Image by Radek Brunecky – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013.

A total of €39,000 (£30,785) in prizes will be divided between the winners of three award categories: architecture €17,000 (£13,420), interior design €17,000 (£13,420) and student projects in architecture €5,000 (£3,946).

To be eligible for entry, projects must have been completed between January 2012 and October 2014.

Catering College in a Former Abattoir, Medina Sidonia by Sol 89 – Architecture prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2012. Imaged by Fernando Alda
Catering College in a Former Abattoir, Medina Sidonia by Sol 89 – Architecture prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2012. Imaged by Fernando Alda

This year's jury will be led by Emilio Tuñón of Mansilla+Tuñón Architects, who will be joined by several other architects including Martha Thorne, Cino Zucchi and Anupama Kundoo.

Projects that were awarded architecture prizes in previous years include a former abattoir that was converted into a cooking school by Spanish architecture studio Sol89 and a pearlescent music hall and house by Cor & Asociados.

MUCA Auditorium and Music House by COR & Asociado – Architecture prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by David Frutos
MUCA Auditorium and Music House by COR & Asociado – Architecture prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2011. Image by David Frutos

Submissions to Tile of Spain Awards 2014 are being accepted until 28 October 2014.

Here is some more information from the organiser:


Open call for the 13th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Association (ASCER) has launched the thirteenth edition of this prestigious competition, celebrating the architectural application of Spanish ceramics.

The competition has a proud record of involving leading lights of the international architecture community in recognition of creativity in the built environment.

Casa Zinganshina by Bailo Rull arquitectura. Image by José Hevia.
Casa Zinganshina by Bailo Rull arquitectura. Image by José Hevia.

There is a flourishing preference and appreciation for the use of ceramics in architecture and interior design. Increasingly, acclaimed professionals are choosing ceramic tiles to enhance their most significant works.

La Mosina Infant School by Angel Rocamora Ruiz and Alexandre Marcos Olivares – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by David Frutos.
La Monsina Infant School by Angel Rocamora Ruiz and Alexandre Marcos Olivares – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by David Frutos.

In previous editions of the Awards, many distinguished professionals have joined the judging panel, including Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Terence Riled and Terence Riley and Alberto Campo Baeza.

Presiding over this year's panel of judges is architect Emilio Tuñón, who, together with the late Luis Moreno Mansilla, founded a studio that has been recognised with prestigious prizes such as the Mies van der Rohe Award and the Spanish National Architecture Award.

Casa Collage by Bosch.Capdeferro – Interior Design prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2011. Image by Jose Hevia (also top)
Casa Collage by Bosch.Capdeferro – Interior Design prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2011. Image by Jose Hevia (also top)

Also on the jury is Italian architect Cino Zucchi; the executive director of the Pritzker Awards Martha Thorne; the Indian-born architect Anupama Kundoo; rising star José María Sánchez; Fernando Márquez Cecilia, editor and director of El Croquis architecture journal; and the Castellón-based architect Ramón Monfort.

El Redin by Juan Miguel Otxotorena Elizegi – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by JM Cutillas and RP Bescós.
El Redin by Juan Miguel Otxotorena Elizegi – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by JM Cutillas and RP Bescós.

The awards have a prize fund of €39,000 (£30,785) divided in three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each awarded €17,000 (£13,420).

The third category is Degree Project category, which is aimed at students of architecture and has an award of €5,000 (£3,946). The jury may give two special mentions in each category.

The restoration of Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona, by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue – Architecture prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2004. Image courtesy of ASCER
The restoration of Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona, by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue – Architecture prize, Tile of Spain Awards 2004. Image courtesy of ASCER

In recent years the competition has awarded a wide range of projects, recognising the versatility of this material.

Winning projects in previous editions include: Granada’s Teacher Training College; 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 and in the Aichi Expo in Japan, etc.

Casa Bitxo, Vivienda  Aislada en Graugés by Lagula Arquitectes – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by Adrià Goula
Casa Bitxo, Vivienda  Aislada en Graugés by Lagula Arquitectes – shortlisted finalist, Tile of Spain Awards 2013. Image by Adrià Goula

The competition rules and the application form for registration can be found here, together with further information regarding current and previous editions.

A key condition of entry is that projects submitted have used ceramic tiles made in Spain.

Registration is now open and the deadline for submissions is the 28th of October 2014.

www.tileofspainawards.com