Following the announcement of the Tile of Spain award winners earlier this year, the organisation has released further details on the winning project in the architecture category. Designed by MRM Architects’ Studio, the headquarters of the Valencia Construction Sector Employment Foundation (FLCCV) utilised the Xlight tile range from Porcelanosa.
The HQ is located in “semi-industrial” surroundings, surrounded by fields of olive and fruit trees.
Reflecting the region’s cultural and physical heritage, the building was constructed using ceramic tiles, one of Valencia’s flagship manufactured products. Its design projects a simple and clear-cut image, aiming to emphasise “clarity capable of underpinning the teaching work and values that the Foundation applies there”.
The building is organised on a single floor around two outdoor courtyards, which each serve a distinct role in the site’s internal organisation. One is designed for outdoor working activities, while the other provides a space for networking, communication and relaxation.
According to the architects, the 1000x3000x3mm ceramic tile used “defines and modulates the entire building, creating a sense of geometric harmony that is then re-dimensioned in accordance with the width and height of the ceramic tile used”. Large format ceramic tiles were highlighted as a versatile and flexible material, suited to the modular structure and able to unify the aesthetic of the centre. These tiles were used on the ventilated façade of all the building volumes, and fixed to galvanised steel sheets on the pedestrian door, facility registers and vehicle doors.