Now in its 24th year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition – the longest-running award program of its kind, announced six outstanding projects that wholly represent the competition’s goal of honoring the admirable use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design.
Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency, the competition attracted high-quality submissions in each of the three categories: residential, commercial, and institutional. An international jury of design industry experts reviewed and evaluated the projects, ultimately selecting three winners and three honorable mentions among the steep competition.
RESIDENTIAL WINNER Bromley Caldari Architects Ocean View House (Fire Island, New York)
This project is the last element in a beachfront residence on New York's Fire Island that includes a dining pavilion, gym, and beach/pool cabana in addition to a main house. For the guesthouse, the architects were charged with creating an independent space for visitors that would retain a close connection to the main home. The architects used tiles from Emilceramica’s Fashion series to blur the line between the indoor space of the guesthouse and the adjacent outdoor pool area while lending a warm, neutral palette to the 2,000+ square foot space. Italian tile also provided the guesthouse and adjacent patio with a consistent design and level of durability that could withstand moisture and the high traffic resulting from a typical day at the beach.
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COMMERCIAL WINNER Jennifer Carpenter Architect MediaMath (4 World Trade Center, New York, NY)
MediaMath’s headquarters occupy two levels within 4 World Trade Center in New York City. In addition to workspaces, the company required lounge areas, a yoga room, a theater, and an art gallery for use among their 500 employees. Ceramiche Refin’s Design Industry collection was used in the most important space in the project: the double height entrance lobby, which provides the first impression to clients, potential employees and office visitors. It was critical that the floor be elegant but also easy to maintain, with a slab-like appearance that contained minimal joints. The minimalist look and large format of the Design Industry collection met all of these requirements, resulting in a lobby floor that is low maintenance and visually stunning – a perfect complement to the dramatic ceiling treatments throughout.
INSTITUTIONAL WINNER Renzo Piano Building Workshop Jerome L. Greene Science Center, home of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (Columbia University, New York, NY)
Located at Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus in New York City, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center provides a home for the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. As a neuroscience institute, it was essential that the 450,000 square foot building include wide-open spaces for research activities and collaboration while adhering to specific light, noise, and thermal requirements. As over 60,000 square feet of tile was needed for the space, Renzo Piano Building Workshop chose Casalgrande Padana’s Pietre Etrusche collection (the Unicolore and Basaltina collections were also used) because of its large formats, functionality, and reputation for high quality. Crucial to the project was that the tile could be delivered in a timely manner from respected distributors and within a specific budget. Casalgrande Padana ceramic tiles helped to provide a clean, minimalist, and aesthetically unified space for the highly focused research conducted at the center.
RESIDENTIAL HON. MENTION Cord Struckmann, Architect Case Study House 26 Remodel (San Rafael, CA)
COMMERCIAL HON. MENTION CallisonRTKL The Ridge (Lake Geneva, WI)
INSTITUTIONAL HON. MENTION Gow Hastings Architects Ryerson University Service Hub (Toronto, ON)