The TILE AWARD is aimed at young (interior) architects and is a creativity competition organised by the architectural ceramics specialist AGROB BUCHTAL. The main focus of this competition is to make the most of the possible designs of ceramic tiles through experimentation. The feedback from the première in 2010 was so tremendous that the competition was continued in 2012 and 2014 and was held for the fourth time in 2017. The winners were crowned during the first half of 2018 and their designs built and photographed in their original size.
The call went out for fresh ideas on the subject of “Colour and patterns in architecture”. Spaces were to be innovatively designed with ceramic tiles so as to highlight the various possibilities afforded by this building material and object of cultural heritage. Design submissions in the categories of HEALTH / CARE, MOBILE / TRANSIT and SHOP / SHOW were accepted until the end of May 2017. In its first session, the panel of specialist judges made up of
- Brendan MacFarlane (Jakob + MacFarlane, FR-Paris)
- Johan Oscarson (Elding Oscarson, SE-Stockholm)
- Michael Stoz (Partner AG, DE-Offenburg)
- Boštjan Vuga (SADAR+VUGA d.o.o., SL-Ljubljana)
- Christian Waldner (AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH, AT-Vienna/DE-Munich)
chose the nine best designs from 63 pieces sent in from 20 countries, namely:
- Iceland shop house by Olga Solomatina, RU-Moscow
- Kawalki by Malwina Borowiec + Karolina Chodur, Pigalopus, PL-Warsaw
- Light Emitting Tile: L.E.T. by Prajapati Piyush, Godwin Austen Johnson, AE-Dubai
- New Delft Blue by Agata Kycia, DE-Berlin
- RE:Tile by Andreas Crynen, Ingenhoven Architects, DE-Düsseldorf
- Stay Unique by Agnes Tröger-Morguet, A. Morguet Innenarch.&Design, DE-Cologne
- Systems by Joa Herrenknecht, Studio Joa Herrenknecht, DE-Berlin
- Transmittance by Avishkar Bharati, JDAP Design-Arch.-Planning, IN-Mumbai
- Travellers Wheel by Joao Araujo Sousa + Joana Correia Silva, Arquitectura, PT-Porto
These nine designers were invited in the autumn of 2017 on a workshop trip to Iceland, where they were able to discuss their submissions in an inspirational environment with experts from Agrob Buchtal and develop their ideas further. In January 2018, the panel of specialist judges then crowned the three winners (in the list above, they are highlighted in bold and underlined). These three designs were built as 1:1 models in the 2nd quarter of 2018 and professionally photographed.
The basic intention was also achieved in the fourth TILE AWARD by AGROB BUCHTAL: the results impress through their wealth of ideas and unusual interpretation of the task – an effect that was expressly desired and which highlights the almost inexhaustible repertoire of ceramic tiles, even and indeed especially when it comes to colour, pattern, proportion and shape as a fundamental stylistic element of architecture. For the participants, the competition again offered an opportunity to showcase their own potential and that of the material, network with creatives from different cultural backgrounds and to acquire inspirational ideas.
Stay Unique by Agnes Tröger-Morguet, Agnes Morguet Innenarch. & Design, DE-Cologne
The intention behind this concept was to use the creative potential of tiles for the elderly care home to tell stories, create themed areas or to distinguish different areas, be they corridors, dining rooms, apartments, day rooms or bathrooms. Ornaments, pictures, motifs and precisely defined colour spaces allow institutions for the older generation that are designed to have a stimulating or calming influence – all made possible through the generous palette of colours and shapes and the resulting catalogue of pixels that can be constantly rearranged in creative ways.
RE:Tile by Andreas Crynen, Ingenhoven Architects, DE-Mönchengladbach
In this design, a pattern made from two-dimensional tiles creates a subtle, three-dimensional effect. The concept impresses with its simplicity: the composition of just a few different variations creates a wealth of contemporary possibilities in the field of interior design, e.g. in shop design. Grey and black tiles form the ideal framework for striking orange. The results are ceramic wall and floor coverings that have a three-dimensional, lively effect and, thanks to the haptic impression of tiles, offer a tangible added value compared to a purely graphical implementation.
Transmittance by Avishkar Bharati, JDAP Design-Arch.-Planning, IN-Mumbai
In this case, ceramic tiles define a new space: the wave-shaped wall made from strung ceramic pipes (which are normally used on façades) creates a type of pavilion suffused by colour and light. The ceramic tubes are mobile and invite visitors to interact with them, creating a unique world of colour and pattern. The incident light dances as it reflects back from the glazed surfaces, creating a sensual experience. The flexibility also impresses: the pavilion could be set up like a nomad’s tent on squares, in parks or in indoor spaces.
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