DESIGN | CASALGRANDE PADANA | JUNE 8, 2021

Percorsi in Ceramica, 30 years of the Grand Prix

The latest issue of the publication by Casalgrande Padana takes a celebratory look back over 30 years of activity and the 11 editions of the Grand Prix

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Over the years, the contest has consolidated its reputation as a valid, careful, continually updated observatory of international architectural production, in the various categories covered by the award. The projects selected, and indeed all those entered by professionals from all over the world in the various editions, are characterised by the use of ceramic material as the stand-out element in each work, documenting the evolution of the products offered by Casalgrande Padana, within the framework of a design and construction effort that over the years has highlighted constant growth in terms of the quality of the architectural elements created and the renown of the designers involved.

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This issue of “Percorsi” seeks to take a look back over the 30-year history of the Grand Prix, with a fresh look at the various editions and a selection of projects from the various categories. This process specifically and clearly highlights how the use of Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware has evolved at each scale of work.

Together with a commitment to guaranteeing increasingly impressive performance, to taking on board environmental sustainability as a value and to new finishes, colours and appearances, Casalgrande has also demonstrated over the years a commitment to experimentation, even when this is not in line with the “industrial production” logic on which the company dynamics are founded. On various occasions, Casalgrande Padana has undertaken custom-made or even bespoke productions, some of them in close synergy with designers such as Daniel Libeskind, 5+1AA Alfonso Femia and Gianluca Peluffo, Pietri Architects

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The Grand Prix contest testifies to the constant attention the company pays to evolution and innovation on the international architecture scene, and seeks to consolidate and deepen the collaboration that has always existed between Casalgrande Padana and designers, by promoting an event in which ceramic material has the opportunity to clearly demonstrate its flexibility and versatility in terms of shapes and colours in the various areas of construction work. The Award sees ceramic tiles not as subordinate to architectural projects, but as a key feature of them.

 This look that “Percorsi 43” takes back over 30 years of the Grand Prix seeks to reconstruct the stages in a process of research and the creative use of porcelain stoneware, which has become one of the benchmark materials for architecture today.

31 December 2021 is the deadline for entries to the Grand Prix 2019/2021. The works received – built and completed in the period from January 2016 to December 2021 – will be assessed by an international jury, and the best will be presented in the “Creative Book”, a publication by Casalgrande Padana with a print run of 60,000 copies, created and distributed in collaboration with the long-established architecture magazine “Casabella”. The assessment criteria adopted by the jury will refer to design, function and application aspects regarding the use of Casalgrande Padana products. Specifically, for each work, the jury will focus on how the ceramic material has been used and valued on a number of levels: with regard to creativity, architectural composition and design, the study of colour and finishes, layout design and customisation of the project. Attention will be paid to functionality and technical performance, in relation to the particular use and type of work. With regard to installation, attention will be paid to proper execution, application technique and the study of details.

To take part in the next edition, just go to the website, read the competition announcement and fill in the entry form.

www.casalgrandepadana.it/it/ grand-prix/

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