The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University, Toronto, won the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition in the institutional category. Designed by ZAS Architects + Interiors, the project chose porcelain tile for its durability, low porosity, and stain-resistant properties.
The project has been registered with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and has targeted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification along with the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) Tier 2.
Italian tiles were used on the ground floor, throughout the corridors, and in the social spaces. Tiles were also installed in assembly and exhibition spaces, as well as the student café and the orientation room.
The 25th anniversary of the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition was sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica and the Italian Trade Agency. Four winners and three honourable mentions were selected across four categories: residential, commercial, institutional, and student.
Winning projects include an apartment building with self-cleaning and air-purifying tiles designed by Studio Libeskind, and a contemporary home that pays homage to its fire-stricken past by Ziger/Snead.
The winner in the commercial category, the Sapphire project in Berlin, Germany, used 3D, geometric, patterned stoneware tiles to cover 2600 m2 (27,986 sf) of the building’s exterior. The tiles are technologically advanced to self-clean and aid in air purification.
The Venetian Isle Clubhouse, a multifamily community clubhouse in Windermere, Florida, by Kay Green Design received an honourable mention in the commercial category.
The Slate House in Baltimore, Maryland, was the winner in the residential category. The 650-m2 (7000-sf) building was destroyed by a house fire but the design team set out to reconnect the site to the existing contextual environment. The project was chosen as it seamlessly transitions from the inside to the outside by using the same product.
The Norwich project, a contemporary family home in West Hollywood, California, received an honourable mention in the residential category. With lots of windows allowing for natural light throughout the space, light-coloured neutral tiles were used to reflect the light and translate the openness of the interior across the flooring.
The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral project in Raleigh, North Carolina, received an honourable mention in the institutional category.
Interior architecture students Raquel Raney and Brennan Broome from Florida International University (FIU) were selected in the student category for their sophisticated renderings of a multi-use complex.