The “TOITS” design, created by architects Jesús de los Ojos Moral, Jairo Rodríguez Andrés, Manuel Fernández Catalina and Ana Muñoz López, was unveiled at the company’s headquarters.
The event was attended by members of the juries of the ARQUITECTURA Awards and the Sculpture Competition, as well as the CSCAE governance team.
The event was brought to a close with a discussion on the synergies between architecture and industry to play its part in contributing to the common good.
The President of CSCAE, Marta Vall-llossera, highlighted: “The winning design has captured the spirit of the new awards format, with which we strive to bring architecture even closer to society, disseminating its values and its ability to boost people’s well-being”.
Paco Sanchis, CEO of COMPAC, highlighted: “We remain at the service of architects and undertake to meet the most demanding technical needs with unique and creative designs”.
Gandía, 9 de junio de 2022
Today, COMPAC’s new showroom in Gandía (Valencia) hosted the ceremony to present the sculpture that will be awarded to the winners of the ARQUITECTURA Awards organised by the Higher Council of Architects’ Associations of Spain (CSCAE). “TOITS”, the winning design of the sculpture competition, was created by the architects Jesús de los Ojos Moral, Jairo Rodríguez Andrés, Manuel Fernández Catalina and Ana Muñoz López, and was designed using COMPAC materials, the official sponsor of this new format of the CSCAE awards.
The competition was hotly contested: a total of 94 entries reflecting the talent and creativity of the country’s architects, designers and artists. “Toits” is a groundbreaking and harmonious concept fusing culture, architecture and urbanism, created from the geometry of roofs, which is part of the collective unconscious, alluding to the essence of our cities. The piece was conceived with strong cultural roots in mind, from Paul Klee to Italo Calvino, and represents the hypnotic power of architecture in its intimate relationship with the turmoil of urban life.
Also noteworthy were the two SPECIAL MENTION awards awarded by the sculpture jury to the finalist designs “The proportion of success”, by Javier Pérez de Amezaga Tomás and Gerardo Pérez de Amezaga Tomás; and “KAFKA”, by the architect Pablo Moreno Mansilla.
During the presentation of the sculpture, which was attended by the winning team, the CSCAE Governance team and members of the juries of the Sculpture Competition, the ARQUITECTURA and the Gold Medal Awards, the President of CSCAE, Marta Vall-llossera, praised, in particular, the originality and versatility of the winning design: “It has captured the spirit of this new award format, with which we strive to bring architecture even closer to society, disseminating its values and its ability to improve people’s well-being. The winning design conveys the interaction between the buildings and homes we inhabit and the city as a living entity that changes and adapts to people’s needs and the challenges of current times”.
On behalf of the winning sculpture team, Ana Muñoz López, highlighted: “We sought to recreate an object capable of evoking a straightforward, yet universal image of architecture. We play with the abstract shape of a house, conceived from the idea of the stacking pieces toy, a nod to our inner child, who touches, who tries, who has fun without fear, and whose creativity is so necessary and, at the same time, so difficult to keep up in our profession. We hope that the winners of the ARQUITECTURA Awards enjoy TOITS and reminisce about the creative and simple nature of playing.”
COMPAC’s immersive showroom: fusing design, architecture and art
The event took place in COMPAC’s new showroom, dubbed em>Salon, the Matter Mastering Immersion, showcasing the different possibilities of COMPAC materials in a state-of-the-art 1,200 m² space. The company designed these installations with a view to inspiring the architects and designers to bring their ideas to life.
In this regard, the creators of “Toits” have already worked on creating the sculpture in the new showroom. The creation used Obsidiana COMPAC material, which stands out for being made with 100% recycled and recyclable glass, as well as being one of the brand’s most versatile and flexible materials.
In the words of COMPAC CEO, Paco Sanchis: “At COMPAC, we support the architecture industry, for future generations and for established professionals alike. We remain at the service of architects and are committed to meeting the most demanding technical needs with unique and creative designs. We are proud to be an active and committed part of this wonderful industry event.”.
Aware of the importance of professionals being given the chance to experience, touch and feel the materials in their different applications and sizes, COMPAC offers the industry this showroom as a firm commitment to ongoing communication with designers to foster bespoke, one-of-a-kind projects on different scales.
“A dialogue between architecture and industry for the common good”
The day ended with a talk son the contribution and role of architecture and industry for the common good. The talk was chaired by Moisés Castro, second vice-president of CSCAE and Dean of COACantabria, with participation from Sergio Sanchis, Architecture & Projects Manager de COMPAC; Luis SendraDean of the Official Association of Architects of the Valencian Community; Montse Arnau, architect and KAM Key Accountant, COMPAC Spain Manager; María José Peñalver, architect and Dean of COAMurcia, Treasurer of CSCAE and member of the jury for the CSCAE Gold Medal.
During the talk, interesting proposals were discussed on how architecture can contribute to changing people’s future as well as their lives, taking into account the important role played in this process by professionals, materials and different construction techniques.
All participants agreed that the quality of construction materials will be one of the keys to extending the useful life of our buildings, which will guarantee durability and safety. Furthermore, special mention was made to the challenge posed by natural resources limitation and how the construction and materials industries must be placed at the service of projects and architects to offer bespoke solutions.
In this context, Luis Sendra, Dean of COACV, stated: “Industry and architecture have always gone hand in hand, however, from now on, it is more important than ever before”. Sendra also highlighted the positive influence that the recent Law of Architecture and Quality will have on ensuring the quality of architecture and the built environment. In his opinion, this law will help to foster a more sustainable industry model and to guarantee architecture as a good of general interest, bringing it closer to society.
Sergio Sanchis from COMPAC highlighted: : “The primary objective of our industry is to provide personalised constructive solutions to each product and each architect”. In this regard, COMPAC highlights the importance of investing in research while developing more sustainable and renewable materials for the architecture of the future.
The CSCAE ARCHITECTURE Awards
The event was attended by members of the juries of the Sculpture Competition, and from ARQUITECTURA and the Gold Medal Awards. The former comprised Marta Vall-llosera Ferrán (President of CSCAE), Paco Sanchis (CEO of COMPAC), Miguel Ángel Fontes (President of the Official College of Architects of Gran Canaria), Elena Guijarro Pérez (Board Member of the Official College of Architects Castilla-La Mancha), Assumpció Puig Hors (Board Member of the Official College of Architects of Catalonia), María José Peñalver (Board Member of the Official College of Architects of Murcia), Ramón Úbeda (Designer and Journalist, appointed by the CSCAE Plenary) and Laureano Matas Trenas (Secretary General of the CSCAE).
The CSCAE ARCHITECTURE Awards
The first edition of the ARQUITECTURA Awards, organised by the Higher Council of Architects’ Associations of Spain (CSCAE) and with COMPAC as official sponsor, have shaken up the traditional CSCAE awards held since 1981opening up to all types of creations in the field of architecture, with a particular focus on new values such as sustainability, culture, ethics, regeneration and durability, among others.
Founded in 1931, CSCAE is the body that represents all the Colleges and the architects before public and private corporations as well as international bodies. It acts as a driver to foster and disseminate Spanish architecture through different activities and events, such as the Gold Medal of Architecture or the Spanish and Ibero-American Biennials of Architecture and Urbanism, among others.