After the success of participation in previous editions, Matimex announces another year PIAM, the International Architecture Prize dedicated on this occasion to the Contemporary Commercial Spaces.

Architecture has always been linked to trade: from the first ephemeral stores that were settling in squares forming souks to the current large commercial spaces. Our society, always in continuous evolution, is increasingly demanding. It is not only about acquiring the product, but also about living an entire shopping experience. That´s why we are looking for a global design that goes beyond the product and that understands it as a whole with the brand, the space and the sensations experienced.

This change of focus entails an evolution of the commercial space linked to these new needs of the consumer. New commercial spaces for new user needs.

We propose to design a space or recover an existing one, whose design revolves around the main theme of the contest: “ComerciARQ. Contemporary Commercial Spaces “.

The company, fromIris Ceramica Group, wants to show its support to environment with the contest. The use of products with finishedACTIVE Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic will be consideredan advantage. Andthe use, in the projects, to the certification LEED or BREAM; the jury also will evaluatein the projects the quality, originality, creativity, and the correct use to the products from the Iris Ceramica Group.

This prize is addressed to professionals and students associated with the architecture, technical architecture, design, interior design, engineering and with similar profiles with this characteristics.

The jury is composed withinternational professionals associated with the architecture, the design and the sustainability:

  1. Enric Batlle. Bachelor Architect, Director of University Master of Lanscape UPC- MBLandArch. Partner of Batlle i Roig Arquitectura.
  2. Margarida Caldeira. Architect. Board Director EMEA Chair. Broadway Malyan
  3. Lucia Ferrater. Partner Architect OAB
  4. Diego Gronda. Architect and designer. Partner of Studio Gronda
  5. Josep Piñot. Industrial Engineer. Director Retail Development Services CBRE
  6. Juan-Luis Grafulla. Matimex CEO and General Manager.
  7. Dottoressa Federica Minozzi. Iris Ceramica Group CEO, Italy.

The prizes, in net amount, are:

  • Professional category:

1st prize: 3.000 €

2nd prize: 1.000 €

1st Honorable mention: no cash prize

2ndHonorable mention: no cash prize

  • Students category:

1st prize: 1.000 €

2nd prize: 500 €

The inscription and delivery: from 29thof January to 7th Mayat PIAM’s web ( Consult the web for any questions.