TRANS/HITOS 2017: Inter-Actions features ceramics at Cevisama that integrate advanced technologies


Trans-Hitos is the ceramics for architecture exhibition that is held during the CEVISAMA trade fair in Valencia, an essential meeting point for the global ceramics industry and a key means of keeping abreast of the sector. In 2017, the 13th Trans/Hitos show is being held thanks to the backing of CEVISAMA, on 600 m2 of the level 2 pavilion crossover of the Valencia Trade Fair facilities from 20 to 24 February.

Under the motto “Inter-Actions”, the exhibition showcases, in a transgressive and innovative fashion, advanced uses of ceramics beyond mere coverings. Trans/Hitos 2017: “Inter-Actions” expresses the reciprocal relationships and evolution of our interaction with ceramics, which at present, driven by the striking innovations generated by R&D&I, make ceramics a key material in today’s and tomorrow’s living environment.

Indeed ceramics, which have been able to adapt to societal and personal transformations, have adopted new forms and functions in harmony with those changes, for example through their application in avant-garde technologies such as 3D printing; inkjet decorations with functional inks; urban applications in outstanding projects; presence in town streets, squares, parks, and avenues through games, urban furniture, public services, signalling, etc., giving rise to fresh “Inter-Actions” that do not fail to surprise us. And, of course, this event has led to “Inter-Actions” between professionals from different fields in contributing varying approaches that have enriched the exhibition contents, yielding a show that, jointly embodying all these endeavours, seeks to drive truly innovative projects of great beauty and use to society.

Trans/Hitos invites all Cevisama 2017 visitors to discover ceramics that incorporate the most advanced technology into a so-called traditional material that, however, demonstrates such an ability to generate innovation that many professionals worldwide already consider it indispensable for their projects.

Trans/Hitos 2017 “Inter-Actions” has been realised thanks to the backing of the Cevisama organisation and the collaboration of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), the show being designed, executed, and coordinated by the Habitat Area of the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC).

SPACE 1: Ceramic Tile Studies Departments Expo 2017. Ceramics and Architecture. ASCER Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments.

Area displaying the work of students from the different Ceramic Tile Studies Departments promoted by ASCER at the Harvard, Liverpool, Graz, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, and Madrid Schools of Architecture, in ASCER’s striving to disseminate knowledge of ceramics and ceramics applications to professional stakeholders.

The exhibition is coordinated by Víctor Echarri, Coordinator of the Ceramic Tile Studies Department at Alicante, and Roberto Yáñez, researcher in the Department.

This new show provides an innovative view of the integration of the latest technologies in ceramics for architecture, while simultaneously highlighting the Spanish ceramic industry’s intense activity in developing environmentally friendly materials that enable development of far-reaching construction solutions. New processes, novel uses, sustainable construction, energy efficiency, innovative building construction systems, fresh applications, and spatial refurbishment, among others, thus make up the design projects undertaken by students in the Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments.

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SPACE 2: “Essence”. Sergio Alfonso and Vicente Picó.

The competition, organised by CEVISAMA, ASCER, and ITC for the design of one of the Trans-Hitos 2017 exhibition areas, first launched in 2016, is aimed at encouraging designers and architecture and interior design studios to put forward their ideas and to disseminate their proposals, in which ceramics play a vital role. This year’s unanimous winners were architects Sergio Alfonso and Vicente Picó with their project “Essence”, in which the jury highlighted the “elegant simplicity, easy construction, and relevance for an ephemeral architecture, in addition to addressing a different use of ceramic material, not as a simple flat material”.

“Essence”, according to its creators, is a space entirely clad with ceramics through which visitors can stroll, a domain emerging in tribute to the essence of earth and water, inspired by the Albufera wetlands in Valencia. It seeks to acquaint the general public with ceramics as a material that enables multiple solutions for every type of covering, in different positions.


SPACE 3: GSD University of Harvard Graduate School of Design: MaP+S Project 3D Printed Ceramics

MaP+S Team:

Martin Bechthold; Salmaan Craig; Zhiwei Liao; Kevin Hinz; Saurabh Mhatre; Matan Mayer; Juan Pablo Ugarte; Zach Seibold, Tiffany Cheng, Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo, Nono Martínez Alonso, Santiago Serna González

Sponsor: ASCER Tile of Spain.

The project MaP+S Project 3D Printed Ceramics arose from ASCER’s collaboration with the University of Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), which in recent years has contributed highly technical and creative proposals to the Trans/Hitos Exhibition. On this occasion, 3D printing, a state-of-the art technology, is applied to a ceramic construction, based on research conducted this year at the GSD into 3D ceramic printing and how the material can be distributed to improve thermal performance. The installation displays the design opportunities that the process affords, as all the pieces making up the installation have different geometries and are practically impossible to form by traditional ceramic processes. Form and design pursue an optimisation of the thermal mass and air flows to optimise natural cooling, based on Jared Friedman’s doctoral thesis supervised by Salmaan Craig. The inner surface exhibits a strongly convex three-dimensional texture that enhances air movement.



Architecture category

First prize:

Project: “Two Dwellings in Oropesa” by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos.

The jury highlighted the quality of an architectural intervention of great precision in a complex historical context with appropriate use of ceramic material.

Special mention:

Project: “MM House”, by OhLab.

The value was recognised of a commitment to a sustainable architecture without any technological flourishes.

Shortlisted projects:

* “Latticework House”, by Emiliano López Matas and Mónica Rivera.

* “New building in the Santa Teresa de Jesús School, Torrent. Access Pavilion, Auditorium, and Administration”, by Peñín Arquitectos.

* “Malaga Seminary. Refurbishment of the diocesan seminary buildings Phase 1”, by Juan Manuel Sánchez La Chica.

* “Single-family dwelling in Santa Rufina Street 33, Maluenda, Zaragoza”, by Sergio Sebastián Franco and Alegría Colón Mur.


Interior Design category


First prize:

Project: “TABA espazioa”, by Ibon Salaberria.

The jury noted the balanced dialogue of materials, ceramics standing out as the pre-eminent material in a contemporary space.

Special mention:

Project: “Casa#77”, by Raúl Montero Martínez and Emilio Pardo Rivacoba.

The jury drew attention to the radicalness of the space enveloped in ceramics.

Shortlisted projects:

* “Noor Restaurant”, by GGArchitects.

* “New Spaces, Same Identity”, by Benjamín Iborra Wicksteed – Mesura.

* “Refurbishment of a dwelling in Ataülf Street”, by Anna & Eugeni Bach, Arquitectes.




Project: In Situ: Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecture, by M Wesam Al Asali.

The jury noted that a single ceramic material had been used to create a construction system befitting its function and location. It effectively addresses a current issue, generating added landscape value.

Special mention:

Project: “Eagerly awaited”, by Belén Collado González.

The jury noted the plasticity and sensitivity in the use of the material