Main image: “Avila. Planning an empty space” by ALL AROUND LAB (Noelia de la Red, Jordi Ribas). Photo by: José Hevia

On November 23rd, the jury of the 21st Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design met at ASCER’s headquarters. The panel, presided over by architect Eric Parry (Eric Parry Architects), was made up of the following members: Biba Dow (Dow Jones Architects), Luis Rojo (Rojo/Fernández-Shaw); José Juan Barba (METALOCUS), Agnès Blanch (estudi vilablanch) and Ángel Pitarch (Castellón Architects’ Association).

The awards have a monetary prize of €15,000 in the architecture category, €15,000 in the interior design category and €5,000 in the end-of-degree project category.

The Tile of Spain Awards are sponsored by Endesa, the Valencia Port Authority and PwC España and are supported by the Conselleria de Hacienda of the Valencian Government.

The purpose of the Tile of Spain Awards is to raise a greater awareness of the use of Spanish tiles in architectural and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). The Tile of Spain Awards are a well-established event with a prestigious reputation among professionals from the world of architecture.

The 21st Tile of Spain Awards

The jury reached a unanimous decision to award the following prizes:



“Social housing in Ibiza” by Ripoll-Tizón architects’ studio.

The jury praised the high architectural standards of this project, where traditional looking glazed stoneware tiles were used to guarantee aesthetic appeal and high durability.

The tiles also have a decorative function, marking out filled and empty spaces so that the architecture is organized around the empty inner space that plays such an important role in the makeup of the project. Viviendas sociales en Ibiza” del estudio de arquitectura Ripoll-Tizón.

Photo: José Hevia

Interior design:

“Avila. Planning an empty space” by ALL AROUND LAB (Noelia de la Red, Jordi Ribas).

The jury highlighted the project’s capacity to minimize the use of materials and aesthetic resources. Ceramic tiles were chosen for the flooring and to clad the furniture, lending the whole project visual coherence, while also guaranteeing durability through the use of ceramic slats.

Photo: José Hevia

Final Degree Project:

“Rampant architecture. The town and the home” by Marta Millanes Sánchez from Toledo School of Architecture.

The jury praised the use of ceramic materials as a linking thread to define different pathways throughout the home.


Special Mentions in the Architecture category:

“A pergola opening onto a kitchen garden” by Bona fide taller (Alejandro Martínez del Río)

The jury praised its capacity to regenerate a fringe area of an urban environment, in a small town in inland Castellón. A single tile model is used for the project, both as paving and for the top shelter of the pergola, which integrates an existing wash house and a retaining wall.

Photo: Oleh Kardash Horlay

“The Valencia Agora pavilion” by Arqueha+Miguel Arraiz.

The jury highlighted the use of ceramic materials as a technological solution in the creation of a civic space conceived to symbolize Valencia’s role as a design capital, using a system that could be mounted and dismounted.

Photo: Alejandro Gómez Vives

Special Mention in the Interior design category:

A decision was taken to award a special mention in the interior design category to the project “A home/gallery in Granada’s Gran Vía” by Annona Arquitectura (Silvia Cabrera Jiménez & Felipe Hita Suárez and Ana Frías colaboration)

The jury praised the use of ceramic materials on the floors, walls, ceiling and furniture, taking advantage of colour to mark out new volumes created as a result of the project while also integrating and highlighting the existing mosaic.

Photo: Javier Callejas

Special Mentions in the End-of-Degree Project Category:

“Courtyards, lounges and stairs” by Alicia de Luis Sánchez from Madrid School of Architecture.

The jury commended the typological and linguistic reflections that this project involved, focused on a plot of particular urban complexity.

“The denser the drawing, the finer the thread” by Ana Link López from CEU San Pablo University in Madrid.

The jury highlighted the value that was placed on the circularity of the building systems and on traditional materials, disciplines and social aspects.

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