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Future Ceramics

ESARQ, student projects

By B. Gallagher, Fotos; Aitor Estévez 17.11.14

The COAC building on Plaza Nova accommodates one of Barcelona’s hidden gem exhibition spaces, located on the mezzanine level of the entrance hall within the main building. The exhibition currently on display (till November 20th) is a joint venture between Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (ESARQ-UIC) la Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Azulejos y Pavimentos Cerámicos (ASCER). Se trata de una muestra de 20 piezas cerámicas con las que la ESARQ-UIC quiere conmemorar el décimo aniversario de su Cátedra Cerámica, que nació gracias al impulso de ASCER.

The exhibition includes 20 projects created by ESARQUIC students under the supervision of the faculty staff. Each of the 20 ceramic artefacts has designed for new applications in the field of architecture and combine rigorous technical research and artistic creativity. Many of the designs have already been recognised with both national and international awards such as Cevisama Lab, LAUS etc. and some have already been patented.



    “The prototypes are displayed within bespoke ceramic boxes and have been treated almost like gift boxes for the viewer to contemplate; light sources are suspended above the ceramic display cases like stalactites illuminating authentic pieces jewellery,” in the words of Vincente Sarrablo, director of the Barcelona’s Department of Ceramics and specialist in ceramic design.

  • Enrique Pérez-Sala
  • Enrique Pérez-Sala

    Enrique Pérez-Sala; En la C


    Patent pending

    "en.la.c" consists of 4 ceramic elements made using a modular extrusion process that allows them to work with each other in both vertical and horizontal planes engaging with one another.

    "en.la.c" is a kit of parts defined by its c profile. Its formal, functional and aesthetic versatility allows for a multiple of uses, volumetric expressions, combinations of materials, contrasting and varied possibilities that make this ceramic sysrem an interesting alternative for the cladding of architectural and urban projects.

  • Terasa Martínez
  • Terasa Martínez

    Terasa Martínez; Narciso


    Industrial Design

    A corrugated sheet with a thickness of 1 mm is used to support extruded ceramic slats which form a panel of 1.5 x 1 m size and 29 kg total weight. Can be used as a finish for ventilated facades. The idea is to combine totally contrasting materials: sheet steel with chrome finish contrasts with the warmth and roughness of the ceramic slats. Both compliment one another. The corrugated sheet provides flexibility and speed of assembly, while the ceramics, thanks to the ways it reflects light lends warmth to the metal sheet acting as a foil to its normal industrial application.

  • Eva Sanllehí
  • Eva Sanllehí

    Eva Sanllehí; memory

    The ephemeral traces of memory are traced like footsteps, almost leaving a trail behind. The idea is to find a flexible pavement that is pleasing under foot which connects to the pedestrian and that, ultimately, is softer than traditional coverings. To achieve this dialogue between the paving and the user various layers are used to achieve the technical requirements demanded of the surface treatment. The outermost layer is formed by the tiles: three different diameter cylinders which using eight different combinations which fit together. The connection between the various parts creates small holes that serve to drain sureface water; therefore, the intermediate layer is a waterproof sheet. The last layer is formed using memory foam. It is the layer that gives added value to this paving due to its ability to offer a flexible substrate which changes over time.

  • Carles Parlau
  • Cales Palau

    Carles Palau; Color edge

    The shape of the piece results from the desire to create a changing facade according to the position from which it is observed. The perimeter of the hexagonal shaped pieces allows for random placement and composition with the emphasis on the edge of the pieces. The roughness of the glazed terracotta contrasts with the color of their upper edges, which are seen only be appreciated when seen in profile. The piece is made using a PRESSING process and can be attached using traditional mortar given its small size, leaving 1cm joints between them. Therefore it requires a 3mm slot on the hidden side to ensure a perfect fit within its bracket.


    The exhibition will be travelling nationally and internationally after it comes to an end at COAC (till November 20th) first to the Cevisama fair in Valencia and later to Liverpool School of Architecture, amongst other places.

  • COAC
  • Plaza Nova, 5
  • 08002 Barcelona
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