The new headquarters of the Valencia Construction Sector Employment Foundation “by MRM Architects’ Studio
05/08/2022 – The handover ceremony of Tile of Spain Awardsorganized by ASCER – The Association of Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers in collaboration with ICEX (The Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade) was held on June 14, 2022 in Valencia.
The awards, now in their 20th edition this year, have always rewarded the best architectural and interior projects and theses in architecture selected from among the many produced in Spain and which see ceramics as one of the main materials in the projects themselves. .
For this year’s edition, the jury that selected the three winning projects consisted of: Carlos Ferrater of the OAB survey, Fermin Vazquez of study b270, Jaime Sanahuja from Sanahuja & Partners studio, Jose Ma March from the Tectonica studio, Alicia Fernandez by Alicia Fernandez Interiorismo e Angels Pitarch by Castellon Architects Association.
That architecture award was awarded MRM Architects’ Studiocomposed by Miguel AlonsoFlamarique, Roberto Erviti Machain and Mamen Escorihuela Vitales for the project of the new headquarters of the Foundation for Employment in the Construction Sector in Valencia (Fundacion Laboral de la Construccion de la Comunidad Valenciana headquarters). The jury praised the use of large-format tiles to construct the entire building’s climate screen and appreciated the use of a standard product to create an outer shell, thus creating a building with a rational and functional style with minimal resources. The project was carried out in a rural and semi-industrial area outside Valencia, fitting perfectly into the surrounding context, also thanks to the alternation of natural elements in the terraces that alternate with the different blocks of the building.
The furnishing price was awardedEstudio Vilablanc to the project”Living in a Coderch“. The project involved a complete renovation of an apartment in the emblematic Banco Urquijo building in Barcelona, recovering the original essence of Coderch’s modern architecture. The jury praised the project’s rigorous interior design exercise in accordance with the architectural spirit of Jose Antonio Coderch, which emphasized the concept of stylistic continuity as a common denominator The wise choice of materials and the meticulous care with which the design project was put into practice was also emphasized.
The prize for best thesis was awarded to Gonzalo Lopez Elorriaga from the Madrid School of Architecture for the project “Castilla La MaRcha. A resort for motivated Spain “The jury emphasized the innovative appeal of this provocative project, which involves the creation of a place for recreation and entertainment by promoting a rural environment to revive an abandoned area in the municipality of Peralvillo. The project uses ceramic tiles in a traditional format with an alternative and highly decorative use.
Some were then added to the prizes for the three categories special mentions.
There special mention in the architecture category was awarded the project Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy in Malaga by Eduardo Perez Gomez and Miguel Angel Sanchez Garcia by Llps Architects’ Studio. The jury highlighted the innovative continuous glossy ceramic skin developed for the entire building, using round glazed tiles and less in the joints. To facilitate their installation, a mesh system was used that solves any problems with the meeting points, thus eliminating the need to cut tiles or use special tiles.
There special mention in the Interior category was assigned the project “JM55“of the study BURR. For this work, the jury appreciated the studio’s ability to create lively interiors in a very small space, choosing a single central tile element around which all the other spaces revolve.
Another special mention always in the category Interior was awarded the project “Cal Garrofa“of the study Julia Tarnawski and Albert Guerra. In this case, the conceptual project of reviving a traditional-looking house was appreciated by resorting to a massive use of color and ceramic tiles to create a space with strong poetic and decorative connotations.
Special mention for the thesis was awarded the project “A civic center and temporary housing in the former factory of La Asuncion” from Mariona Dalmau Benavent, student from the La Salle School of Architecture. The project consists of a number of structures in a neighborhood with a civic center and temporary housing for the displaced families. The jury highlighted the contained sobriety of the project, which consists of single volumes, efficient from an environmental point of view and with an urban design worthy of admiration.
Another special mention for the thesis was assigned to the project “Hortus Conclusus” from Teresa Clara Martinez Lopez from the University of Architecture in Madrid. The project aims to connect the historic center of Lisbon with the Castle of San Jorge and to expand the existing gardens along the bottom of the hill through a series of platforms at different levels. The jury highlighted the project’s precision and rich formal result, using ceramic tiles to offer a creative vision of the city and its urban structure.
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