were created in 1985 with the aim of recognizing professionals who have stood out in a special way in architecture, crafts, and design nationally and internationally, and people, institutions and the media who have carried out unique actions for the benefit of the industry. Throughout 35 years of existence, the Macael Awards have positioned as the most important event in the natural stone sector at a national level, and they have acquired a important international accent.
Many personalities such as presidents of the Andalusian Government, ministers, and presidents of the Spanish Government of Spain have been at the event. Important architects like Sainz de Oiza, Rafael de la Hoz, Cesar Portela, Alberto Campo Baeza, Ethan Anthony, Joaquín Torres, and Daniel Libeskind. Relevant international institutions such as MIA (Marble Institute of America) or ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), and winners of various kinds, such as Carlos Herrera, Jorge Lorenzo, Karlos Arguiñano, David Bisbal… In addition, the Queen of Spain, Ms. Letizia Ortiz was the presenter of the Macael Awards.
The Jury grants the Person Award to Luis Escarcena for the reform and remodeling project of the Hotel Silken el Pilar Andalucía and Plaza de las Flores, both located in the urban area of Estepona, Málaga. As a whole, more than 3,000 m2 of different natural stones have been used for various elements such as paving the square, perimeter strips, the building’s façade, balusters, the building’s staircase, steps, columns, and decorative elements such as mosaics, fountains, countertops, windowsills, door steps and even a dome covered in mosaic, among others, in marble like Blanco Macael, Amarillo Macael, Crema Loja, Travertinos Amarillo, and La Jara as well as sandstone from Sierra de la Demanda.
The Jury grants the Sustainability Award to the Torre Delfín building, which has included the ultra-compact Dekton surface, in Zenith color for the development of its ventilated façade through large-format customized panels and with a unique and exclusive breakdown. It is the first curved facade ventilated with porcelain material and the first high-rise residential building in Spain with Leed Gold certification; a certification that requires that everything, from the design, the construction process, the selection of materials, to the subsequent management of the building, be conceived to offer sustainable solutions without concessions. Among other achievements, thanks to the design of its façade, the tower manages to optimize ventilation and sun protection during the different times of the year. This represents a reduction of between 33 and 39% in CO2 emissions.
The Jury grants the International Award for North America to MCA Systems Inc. for the Villa Dustin Bailey project, located in Dallas, USA, which includes numerous elements in Teoga stone, of which 150 m3 made in the Marble Region have been used, and another large amount of rustic stone from Texas. Among the ornamental pieces of the exterior of this residential project, columns, window frames, curved and straight doors, balustrades, cladding, and cornices -made up of three molded levels- stand out. For the exterior walls that limit the villa, which contains 800 linear meters of molded covers, the entrance portico has been created, forming two towers, together with decorative details in the form of window frames and columns.
The Jury grants the International Award for Asia to Saba State, a summer private home, whose design and choice of materials have been inspired by the colors of the surrounding landscape. In total, it includes more than 6,000 m2 of the ultra-compact Dekton surface spread over the façade, cladding, as well as interior and exterior flooring. For the façade, which has been designed in two colours, Dekton Kadum has been installed on the second floor and Edora on the first one. The garden pavement has been made with the same material, so the surfaces of the swimming pool. The floor of the common areas of the interior, in addition to the cladding and flooring of a bathroom, has been dressed in Opera. With tile detail in this same color, it highlights the minimalist and light design of the main staircase.
The Jury grants the International Award for Middle East to the Amot Holon building, developed by Amot Investments and designed by Moshe Tzur Architects for the exterior architecture, and Oded Halaf Architects, for the interior. With its 22 floors and located in the city center of Holon, it has been built to be the headquarters of technology companies. It includes more than 22,000 m2 of the ultra-compact Dekton surface, in different colors and sizes (Lunar, Kelya, Zenith, and Domus) for floors and coverings in all common areas and details made with Silestone in bathrooms. The peculiarity of the project has been the possibility of including Dekton iD, a technology that allows customizing any surface, from color, design, texture, finish, specific cut, shape, and size, to printing patterns and graphics.
The Jury grants the International Award for Europe to the Meditation Temple of traditional oriental architecture that houses 100 columns in national limestone; the same material that has also been used for the four main entrances of the building. It is the sixth temple of this type in the world, and the largest of the three that exist in Europe within this modern trend of religion.
The Jury grants the National Award to the Valencia City Council for the Plaza de la Reina project; a major reform of the most emblematic square and Km 0 of Valencia, where its cathedral is located. In the reform project, more than 12,000 m2 of two Spanish travertines, Almería and Teruel, were specifically used for paving the space. On the other hand, the elaboration of all the furniture elements that compose it was exclusively carried out in Travertino de Almería. In total, 300 m3 of this material were used to make the furniture made up of curved and straight benches, planters, pedestals, and commemorative plaques.
The Jury grants the Design Award to Villa Ricotta II, a private residence in Marbella, Malaga, made with 5000 m2 of Paloma Stone for cladding and flooring, and 200 m3 of solid material sculpted into columns, capitals, bases, cornices, and other decorative elements. In it, the execution of 22 columns stands out (14 with capitals in Corinthian style, and 8 with Ionic capitals), up to 8 meters high, with the characteristic that the shafts have been made in a single piece of almost 6 m. The entire façade follows a Renaissance order, both in columns and coffered ceilings, which include carved coffers, solid door openings, and windows. For the interiors, made of various materials and colors, the waterjet technique has been used for ceiling panels, borders in halls, and bathrooms.
The Jury grants the Award for the work in Blanco Macael Marble to the restoration of the Santos Mártires Church, with Pablo Pastor Vega, technical architect, as the author of the project and construction manager. Among the various elements that have been integrated for the temple improvement, is the installation of a new flooring in Blanco Macael marble with perimeter curb in Rojo España and Negro Marquina marble, as a central carpet, which respects the layout of the floor of the Presbytery and the different chapels. In addition, a marble plinth has been made on the perimeter of the interior walls; a piece that connects with a ventilated chamber under the floor with grilles to the outside, whose purpose has been to allow air to circulate naturally to eliminate humidity from the floor and walls.
The Jury grants the Excellence Award to Tobal Architects, which are established in Marbella, Malaga, for its strong commitment, great connection and fidelity in the use of natural stone in its projects, since its origins in 1980. With hallmarks that combine tradition and architecture contemporary, looking for constructions in which the passage of time passes unnoticed and combining, at the same time, aesthetics and functionality, the projects made to measure by Tobal Arquitectos, are an incomparable setting and an excellent setting in which the quality of the stone products and the great know-how of the companies in the sector.
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