Call for Entries: Ceramics of Italy Competition 2015

By Abbey Cahill

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A creative fusion of versatility, functionality, and sustainability.

Three trips to Bologna, Italy, for the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile.

$15,000 in prizes.

That’s what’s at stake in the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, now open for entry! Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission, the 22nd annual event will feature inspired and imaginative architecture using Italian Ceramic Tiles.

The competition includes a uniquely large scope of projects encompassed by three categories: Institutional, Residential, and Commercial/Hospitality. Check out the details after the jump.

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Above: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD took the Institutional category prize in 2013. Here, HDR Architecture combines aesthetic appeal with functionality in an effort to eliminate all environmental interferences. The structure features highly stabilized temperature, vibration, and humidity.

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Above: The 2012 Residential Winner features a Gramercy Park Townhouse in New York, NY. Fractal Construction’s renovation of the 1848 townhouse honors the soul of the original structure while converting it into a contemporary, energized living space.

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Above: The Plaza of the Americas in Dallas, Texas was selected as the 2014 Commercial Winner. Designed by Corgan Associates, this project involved the repurposing of a sunken ice rink into a tenant and pedestrian friendly space.

This year’s competition jury is looking for innovative use of tile and quality design. The winning architect in each category will receive $4,000 and a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend CERSAIE 2015 (the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings) as part of a delegation of design and lifestyle journalists. Additionally, the winning contractor/distributor team in each category will receive a check for $1000.

All North American architects and interior designers are eligible for entrance, even those who’ve previously submitted projects or won the competition. Domestic or international, large scale or small scale, construction or renovation – it’s all fair game. Best of all, entering is free!

What’s the catch? There is none. Just make sure that projects have been completed within the past 5 years (between January 2010 and January 2015) and that they feature porcelain/ceramic Italian tile (click here for a complete listing of Italian Ceramics umbrella companies).

To enter there are three basic steps:

1. Complete the entry form
2. You’ll receive a unique #ID that corresponds with your submission
3. Use the #ID to upload a ZIP file with low-res images of the project

The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2015.

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