Last week the award ceremony of the 9th edition of the International Prizes of Architecture and Design took place in Madrid’s Ritz Hotel sponsored by Porcelanosa Grupo.As in the past, the awards are distinguished into two categories: “Projects of the Future”, in the modalities of students and professionals, and “Completed Projects”. Ángela Acevedo del Álamo, from Vinsac school in Santander, was the winner in the modality addressed to students thanks to a project that combines culture and gastronomy. In “Projects of the Future” carried out by students and design professionals, Héctor Romero from the design studio Volteo was the winner thanks to a concept store focused on robotics.

In the category of “Completed Projects” the prize went to Sanahuja & Partners, an architect studio with headquarters in Valencia of an outstanding career headed by Jaime Sanahuja. The panel acknowledged the project carried out by this studio for the comprehensive reform of the Paseo Vista Alegre, in the town of Alcossebre in Castellón. The project frames itself in a Strategic Plan focused on Tourist Design completed in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Valencia. This project includes the comprehensive reform of the tourist information point situated on this promenade and for which Sanahuja & Partners have developed a new image, more in line with the general project. The work of Jaime Sanahuja’s office includes aspects like the total elimination of road traffic along with the pedestrianisation of the Promenade. The project has integrated three different ceramic materials of different size, colour and finish, which increases the showiness of the final result. The action on the Tourism Office reminisces the use of the Mediterranean lattice, typical of the coastal buildings from the 60’s and 80’s, which have added a ventilated facade as an aesthetic proposal.