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Tile of Spain Awards

Celebrating the most innovative use of ceramics in architecture, interiors and student work, the Tile of Spain Awards have become a much anticipated annual event in Spanish architectural circles. Chaired by Alberto Campo Baeza, this year’s jury judged 146 entries, including the Institute for Higher Education Jaume I in Ontinyent.

Architect Ramón Esteve contrasts the muscular spirit of concrete forms with pools of colour that articulate spaces and routes

The main building acts as a kind of axis that structures the overall complex, houses the communal areas and expresses the different volumes through a series of porches and glass corridors. This compact block is punctuated vertically by patios clad with ceramic tiles. These enable users to orientate themselves and create reference points in a long linear volume, while also highlighting internal routes and enriching spaces.

Other elements include a series of workshops and a gymnasium, all designed as compact, windowless blocks ventilated and lit through great gashes in the roof. Ceramic tiles play a key role internally, bathing the spaces in vivid colour and enhancing the aesthetic qualities of the architecture. They are also robust and hygienic, which are important considerations. Ceramic tiles have a long history in Iberian architecture and today this traditional material still offers immense versatility.

For further information regarding Tile of Spain members, please visit www.spaintiles.info or contact Maria Dolores Arraez on 020 7467 2385 or mdarraez@comercio.mityc.es

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