Dezeen promotion: A multicoloured pavilion with a wave-like ceramic facade is one of three projects that manufacturer Agrob Buchtal has named as winners of the Tile Award.
Agrob Buchtal's biannual Tile Award is run in conjunction with AIT magazine, and calls for international architects and interior designers to find new and unique ways to utilise ceramic tiles.
The fourth edition of the awards asked entrants to focus on the theme of colour and pattern in architecture. Submissions were judged by a panel of industry experts that included Brendan MacFarlane, co-founder of Parisian practice Jakob + MacFarlane, Johan Oscarson, co-founder of Swedish firm Elding Oscarson, Bostjan Vuga co-founder of Sadar+Vuga and Christian Waldner of AllesWirdGut.
Out of nine shortlisted projects, the panel chose three winners: Indian architect Avishkar Bharati, and architects Andreas Crynen and Agnes Morguet, both from Germany.
Bharati's winning submission is an undulating pavilion that is intended to emulate the appearance of a fabric curtain blowing in the wind. It is composed of multi-hued ceramic rods that have been attached to steel cables that guests can rotate to create a variation of colourful patterns on the structure's exterior.
"The pavilion thus remains in a constant state of flux – akin to an urban chameleon interacting with its visitors," said the architect in a statement.
Morguet's winning entry explores colour and psychology. It looks in particular at how different tones of ceramic could be used to improve the interiors of care homes for the elderly.
Based on zoomed-in imagery from four different mood boards, the architect has used tiles to create soothing, pixelated surfaces.
"The core of the design is the deliberate use of colour moods with reference to certain living spaces. Through their integration into the room, one's roots, stories and memories are stored in the abstract colour and composition of a traditional material: the tile," she explained.
The third winner, Crynen, an architect at Ingenhoven Architects, employed individually cut pentagonal and M-shaped tiles to design a black and orange-themed sports store creating a trompe l'oeil 3D-effect across its floors and walls.
"[The tiles] turn homogeneous surfaces into dynamic walls and simple tiles into striking areas or brilliant silhouettes," the architect said.
Agrob Buchtal's tiles have previously been used to carve up an apartment in Vilnius to create cool and warm-toned areas.
To find out more about the Tile Award and its winners, visit Agrob Buchtal's website.