Former Tobacco Factory Transformed in Tile of Spain Award Winning Project

Oct 4, 2017

The annual Tile of Spain Awards recently awarded first prize in the Interior Design category to “TABA” designed by Ibon Salaberria in San Sebastian, Spain.


Located in the city’s old tobacco factory, the winning project is a space that includes a coffee shop, pizza restaurant and wine bar situated on the ground floor of Tabakalera, the city’s new International Center for Contemporary Culture. The center, which opened September 2015, includes spaces for cultural and artistic production, areas for cultural institutions and other small-scale arts initiatives.


The interior design job consisted of a number of small projects in a 340 square meter area. The multipurpose space required a relatively untouched floor space where various items of furniture in the style of classic travelling trunks are arranged and adapted to the various themes of each event .


The floor and bar surfaces of TABA are covered with matte white 10×10 cm ceramic tiles in the style of rugs resting on the partition elements between employees and customers. Lighting is focused above these spaces, unlike in the communal areas that are secluded areas, practically in semi-darkness.

To meet the talented team behind the award-winning TABA espazioa project, view the TABA espazioa project video below. The video is in Spanish with English subtitles.


About the Tile of Spain Awards

The competition for the Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design is organized and promoted by ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association. The prizes aim to improve awareness and understanding of ceramic tiles made in Spain among architects and interior designers and promote their use by these professionals. Entries must make significant use of Spanish ceramic floor and/or wall tiles in the formal part of the building. Honorable Mentions and Winners are awarded in Architecture and Interior design categories. For more information visit,




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