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The TILE AWARD is aimed at young (interior) architects and is a creativity competition organised by the architectural ceramics specialist AGROB BUCHTAL. The main focus of this competition is to make the most of the possible designs of ceramic tiles through experimentation. The feedback from the première in 2010 was so tremendous that the competition was continued in 2012 and 2014 and was held for the fourth time in 2017. The winners were crowned during the first half of 2018 and their designs built and photographed in their original size.
The Eden Spiez, a hotel rich in tradition which had been established already in 1903, was re-opened in 2006 after complete reconstruction. In 2010, a conference centre with parking garage was added, and by the end of 2017, it was transformed into a “Wellness and Enjoyment Hotel”. The basis for this was a comprehensive interior design concept developed by Jaeggi Architekten for a combination of the existing wellness area (inclusive of the panorama indoor swimming pool) with the new facilities. For this, the plans of the office J. Höhn + Partner from Thun provided a two-storey extension adjoining the existing indoor swimming pool.
Time is a very valuable resource – in life in general but also in construction. Which is why there are regular considerations as to how the outstanding characteristics displayed by ceramic tiles can be combined with additional advantages such as savings in time or easy reversibility. The latest such innovation is DryTile by AGROB BUCHTAL. As the name implies, it entails “dry” installation without tile adhesive. The system permits installation which is up to 8 times faster than traditional methods and opens up numerous technical advantages, whereby the final result is just as aesthetically pleasing as a “normal” ceramic floor covering.
The collection District was inspired by the typical tile claddings of the Metro stations in big cities such as Paris or London. The special features of this so-called “Metro tile” are glossy glazes and bevelled edges on all sides in order to create reflections in this way, which improved the poor lighting conditions in most of the underground stations at that time. This filigree and yet distinctive type of tiles has always been and still is very popular among Industrial Style enthusiasts. Agrob Buchtal now interprets this subject in a contemporary manner with modern formats and colours. The new wall tile series has been developed for expressive wall designs in public areas. Its characteristics: clear, rectangular and faceted*.
Since 2011, FLIESEN & PLATTEN, the German trade journal with the highest circulation, has called upon its readers to vote for the products of the year at regular intervals. In the category of tiles, the brand Agrob Buchtal ranked in second place at that time with the series XENO, behind the series HOMING of the sister brand Jasba, which thus was the first winner at all.
Agrob Buchtal then participated again in the vote for the product of the year 2014 and straightaway took first place with the series TWIN. After a pause in 2015 without participation, the company succeeded in winning the vote again with the series QUARZIT as product of the year 2016.
This impressive success story now has been seamlessly continued by the successful “title defence“. At the vote of the products of the year 2017, the Agrob Buchtal series SAVONA introduced in the same year was the winner by a significant margin.