2017 marks the fourth edition of the TILE AWARD, which was initiated by Agrob Buchtal in collaboration with AIT-Dialog. This year, young architects and interior designers were tasked with using tiles in innovative ways to showcase the varied possibilities that ceramic tiles have to offer. The participants were free to submit one design concept each in the three categories – Help/Care, Shop/Show and Mobile/Transit.

The nine best designs from 63 entries from 20 countries were selected by a jury consisting of Brendan MacFarlane (Jakob + MacFarlane, Paris, France), Johan Oscarson (Elding Oscarson, Stockholm, Sweden), Michael Stoz (Partner AG, Offenburg, Germany), Boštjan Vuga (SADAR+VUGA d.o.o., Ljubljana, Slowenia) and Christian Waldner (AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH, Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany).

The winners of the categories were as follows:

Help/Care
Kawalki | Malwina Borowiec + Karolina Chodur, Pigalopus, PL-Warsaw
New Delft Blue | Agata Kycia, DE-Berlin
Stay Unique | Agnes Tröger-Morguet, AGNES MORGUET Innenarchitektur & Design, DE-Cologne

Shop/Show
Iceland shop house | Olga Solomatina, RU-Moscow
Light Emitting Tile: L.E.T. | Prajapati Piyush, Godwin Austen Johnson, AE-Dubai
Transmittance | Avishkar Bharati, JDAP Design – Architecture – Planning, IN-Mumbai

Mobile/Transit
Systems | Joa Herrenknecht, Studio Joa Herrenknecht, DE-Berlin
Travellers Wheel | Joao Araujo Sousa + Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura, PT-Porto
RE:Tile | Andreas Crynen, Ingenhoven Architects, DE-Mönchengladbach

Award winners have the opportunity to further develop their submitted concepts with Agrob Buchtal on a workshop trip to Iceland in September 2017. Subsequent to the workshop, the best designs will be implemented on a scale of 1:1 and documented in a professional photo shoot.

For more information, visit www.tile-award.com/en/, to which full thanks and acknowledgement are given.