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Winners of the 15th ASCER Ceramics Awards


A refurbishment project for two dwellings, the “TABA espazioa” gastronomic space and the “In Situ” project were the winners of the fifteenth edition of the Ceramics in Architecture, Interior Design and Dissertation Project Awards organised annually by the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER).

The “Two Dwellings” project by Paredes Pedrosa Architects was the winner in the Architecture category. Located in Oropesa, Toledo, it stands out for its use of ceramics, not simply as a cladding or finish but as a material capable of giving the project a unique and enveloping image. The jury also awarded a special mention to “Casa MM” by Ohlab, a dwelling in Palma de Mallorca that was designed in accordance with Passivhaus standards in order to achieve maximum energy efficiency. To this end a sloped roof was used, finished with white 15x15-cm ceramic tiles for three reasons: aesthetics, ease of cleaning the roof for rainwater collection and maintenance.

In the category of Interior Design, first prize was awarded to “TABA espazioa” by Ibon Salaberria, a space with café, pizzeria and wine bar on the ground floor of Tabakalera, the new International Centre for Contemporary Culture in San Sebastián. The floor and bar counters are clad in 10x10-cm ceramic panels that act as carpets on the elements separating employees and clients. The jury awarded a special mention to “Casa#77” by Raúl Montero Martínez and Emilio Pardo Rivacoba, a project for reforming an apartment with an area of barely 51m2 located in the attic of an apartment block in Pamplona’s old town.

In the category of Dissertation Project open to students of Architecture Schools entering projects where ceramics play an important role, first prize was awarded to “In-Situ: Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecture” by M Wesam Al Asali of Cambridge University. The jury unanimously highlighted the project’s strategy, which uses a single ceramic material to resolve a construction system that is coherent with the function and the space, effectively tackling a current problem and generating additional scenic value.

The jury of this edition was chaired by Portuguese architect Gonçalo Byrne, who has received distinctions such as the French Architecture Academy Gold Medal and the Piranesi Prix de Rome, and made up of members: Elisa Valero (Architectural Projects lecturer at the Granada Higher School of Architecture), Iñaqui Carnicero (visiting professor at Cornell University and curator of the Spanish Pavilion of the XV Venice Architecture Biennale), José M. Milà (designer and president of RED, Platform of Design Companies), Nuno Branão Costa (an important Portuguese architect who has participated in various exhibitions such as the International Venice Biennale), Ricardo Sánchez Lampreave (a professor at various schools and universities, curator of several exhibitions and prolific editor in specialised media), and Ramón Monfort, an architect associated with the Castellón Architects’ Association and who has been uninterruptedly part of the jury since the award's first edition.


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