1a edición del Premio IED Enric Miralles y Benedetta Tagliabue a la Mejor Tesis de Diseño de Interiores del IED Barcelona otorgado por la Fundació Enric Miralles.


17 June 2023

Benedetta Tagliabue presented the Award, with which the Fundació Enric Miralles recognises the work of a design school for the first time

“Palette Playground” by Adda Bjarnodóttir, a proposal for a centre for the study of alternative plant-based sources of protein at Masía Can Reon de Tiana (Barcelona), was the winning project of the first edition of the IED Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue Award for Best Interior Design Thesis at IED Barcelona bestowed by the Fundació Enric Miralles.

The proposal responds to the values of experimentation, innovation and creativity, and approaches nature through research into materials. It also connects the spaces to the historical and scenic characteristics of the territory.

In a ceremony held at the foundation on 15 June, the President of the Fundació Enric Miralles and Director of EMBT Architects, Benedetta Tagliabue, presented the Award, with which the centre for experimentation in architecture recognises the work of a design school for the first time.

As key elements of the project, the jury, formed by Tagliabue and the members of the Board of Trustees of the Fundació Enric Miralles, highlighted creativity in providing solutions that contribute to the preservation of biodiversity, a positive impact on the territory, a focus on the value of heritage in the Mediterranean region, a commitment to sustainability (with the reuse and reintegration of materials), as well as an innovative design.

In addition to the prize for the winning thesis, the Fundació Enric Miralles also wished to award two honourable mentions to two works by IED Barcelona Interior Design students, which propose areas for the observation and conservation of wildlife in the form of sanctuaries. These are “Be butterfly” by Pia Martí, a butterfly farm to educate about the importance and value of this pollinating insect, which is fundamental to various agricultural cultivation processes; and “Nest” by Patricia Belma Tudela, a house sparrow research and conservation centre.

Both projects demonstrate a wealth of thematic research, as well as a focus on improving human well-being.

All the projects will be exhibited in the Fundació Enric Miralles until 21 June.

With the creation of the first IED Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue Award, IED Barcelona and the Fundació Enric Miralles have begun a long-standing collaboration that demonstrates their common vision of design as a discipline with a social purpose based on interdisciplinarity and multiculturalism that aims to improve our surroundings.

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