Zum 31. Mal wurden die Preise des spanischen Macael-Marmors vergeben

Die Preisträger der Premios Macael 2017. In der Mitte (6. v.l.) AEMA-Präsident Antonio Sánchez.

Die Auszeichnung prämiert internationale Projekte, die Naturstein und Engineered Stone von Firmen aus Andalusien verwendet haben

Zum 31. Mal wurden die Preise des spanischen Macael Marmors (Premios Macael) vergeben. Die Auszeichnung ist gestiftet vom Verband der Unternehmer jener Branche in Andalusien (AEMA, Asociación de Empresarios del Marmól de Andalucía). Ziel ist, die Qualität des Materials und die Leistungsfähigkeit der Branche weltweit unter Beweis stellen und durch ein öffentliches Event den Marmor ins Gespräch zu bringen.

Dabei kombiniert AEMA die Preisvergabe mit weiteren Aktionen: Bereits im Juni 2017 hatten verschiedene spanische Firmen sich im Metropolitan Museum (MET) in New York präsentiert, und von dieser Veranstaltungen waren einige Gäste angereist, um nun ihrerseits die Steinbrüche und die Verarbeitung vor Ort in Andalusien in Augenschein zu nehmen.

Unter den rund 500 Gästen bei der Gala zur Preisverleihung waren auch Teilnehmer des VII. Encuentro Internacional de la Piedra in Macael, das zeitgleich stattfand. Eingeladen waren Einkäufer aus Kasachstan, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, Großbritannien und den USA, die zuvor 18 Steinfirmen besucht hatten.

Nicht angereist zur Gala obwohl eingeladen war das spanische Königspaar. Es entschuldigte sich mit Terminprobleme und übermittelte Grüße, wie es in einer Pressemitteilung des Verbands hieß.

AEMA-Präsident Antonio Sánchez forderte in seiner Rede mehr Unterstützung für den Macael-Marmor durch die Politik. Er erinnerte an den 3. Strategischen Plan für die Branche, der zusammen mit Andalusiens Regionalregierung beschlossen und zunächst mit viel Elan gestartet worden war. Inzwischen aber geschehe von Seiten der Politik nichts mehr.

Die Preise wird in zahlreichen Kategorien vergeben. Wir stellen die prämierten Projekte und Personen vor. Die Beschreibungen stammen vom Veranstalter.

Asociación de Empresarios del Marmól de Andalucía (AEMA)

Fotos: AEMA

Category Design: Villa Ricotta, Marbella, Málaga.Category Design: Villa Ricotta, Marbella, Málaga.
The Jury grants the Design Award to VILLA RICOTTA, a private residence whose promoter is Mr. Joe Ricotta, located in Marbella, Málaga, executed mainly with the material ,Piedra Paloma’. The façade under the direction of the Architect Mr. Jesús del Valle follows a Renaissance order both in columns and coffered ceilings. The interiors integrate different materials and colors using the waterjet technology for ceilings and valances in lobbies and bathrooms. 4,600 square meters of 2 and 3 centimeter squares and pavements have been used, and 390 cubic meters of solid sculptured material for columns, bases, cornices and other decorative elements. It emphasizes the majesty of its 18 columns of more than 7 meters in height, the 6-meter long stems made in one piece, with their corresponding capitals, and the fountain of the main entrance, which integrates a sculptural group of three horses modeled in 3D.

Category International Award for Latin America/Caribbean: Kimpton Seafire Hotel, Grand Cayman Island.Category International Award for Latin America/Caribbean: Kimpton Seafire Hotel, Grand Cayman Island.
The Jury grants the International Award for Latin America/Caribbean to the KIMPTON SEAFIRE HOTEL, built on Grand Cayman Island, promoted by the EDSA Company, being the architect Mr. CRAIG STONER. Modern and elegant building adapted and integrated into the island’s surroundings, where 1,200 tonnes of ,Blanche Ramage’ marble, used in flooring, cladding, staircases and swimming pools, with Waterjet technology and perfect sandblasted, honed and textured finishes.

Category International Award for North America: Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, USA.Category International Award for North America: Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, USA.
The Jury grants the International Award for North America to the CAESARS PALACE HOTEL, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, property of the Caesars Entertainment, famed hotel for innumerable movies and shows, built in 1966. In its last remodeling this summer of 2017, 72,000 square meters of Silestone in white Zeus has been used in the bathrooms of its luxurious rooms. The result is a perfect combination of this material with the decoration of the rest of the space, highlighting its intensity and elegance.

Category International Award for Asia: Le Meridan Hotel, Yilan, Taiwan.Category International Award for Asia: Le Meridan Hotel, Yilan, Taiwan.
The Jury grants the International Award for Asia to LE MERIDIAN HOTEL, located in Yilan County, Taiwan, owned by Trans Globe Company, which has chosen the ultra compact surface Dekton Aura and Dekton Kelya for the facade cladding, using a total of 3,800 square meters, perfectly fitting these materials with the aesthetics and design of the Hotel. The natural character of Dekton (produced by Cosentino), its advanced technology, its easy maintenance and its sustainable condition, were key elements for its choice.

Category International Award for Africa: Private House in Kenya. Category International Award for Africa: Private House in Kenya.
The Jury grants the International awards for Africa to the PARTICULAR HOUSE IN KENYA located in Nairobi, whose architect is ÍÑIGO TORRENS, used various limestones and travertines for its construction. The building is inspired by the Château style, based on the French Renaissance architecture of the monumental country houses, blending both the exterior and the interior with the colonial style of the area. Their discreet aristocratic lines stand out and its facade concentrates numerous and sober windows dressings. In the interior impresses the gallery of arches with vaults and the central fountain of the patio.

Category International Award Europe: Estudio de Arquitectura Rijnboutt.Category International Award Europe: Estudio de Arquitectura Rijnboutt.
The Jury grants the International Award for Europe to the Rijnboutt Architecture Study for the prescription of Sierra Elvira marble in the GELDERLANDPLEINN shopping malls, in the financial center of Amsterdam and DE BARONES, in the historic center of Breda (Netherlands), where more than 11,000 m2 in pavements, claddings, curves and curved staircases, being able to emphasize a contemporary aesthetic, as well as functional, in all the passable zones of both commercial centers.

Category ,Blanco Macael’ Award: Vine Street Building, Los Angeles, USA.Category ,Blanco Macael’ Award: Vine Street Building, Los Angeles, USA.
The Jury grants the Award for the ‘Blanco Macael’ marble work to the VINE STREET BUILDING, which is located in Los Angeles, USA, in the so-called Hollywood stars street, for the use of our ‘Blanco Macael’ Marble (White Macael) in both the exterior facade as in its interiors, using pieces of large dimensions of 3 cm. of thickness, emphasizing the stone the elegance of the building and contributing to achieve a select environment, besides serving as a showcase in this important street.

Category National Award: Complejo Hipotels, Palma de Mallorca.Category National Award: Complejo Hipotels, Palma de Mallorca.
The Jury grants the National Award to the HIPOTELS COMPLEX, located in Playa de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, consisting of two hotels, category 4 and 5 stars, connected to each other by a convention center, being the HOTEL SAID, the Architecture MORRO & SERRA and the Designer GUILLERMO CONTÉ BARCELÓ the promoters. In its construction, more than 5,000 square meters of ,Blanco Macae’’ marble (White Macael), more than 72,000 square meters of Dekton and more than 1,600 square meters of Silestone have been used. The result achieved is an impressive aesthetics and careful design in all its elements.

Category Award to the Person: Antonio López García.Category Award to the Person: Antonio López García.
The Jury grants the Award to the Person to Mr. ANTONIO LÓPEZ GARCÍA, prestigious painter and sculptor, icon of contemporary Spanish realism, involved for years in the cultural activity of the Macael Region through the Ibanez-Cosentino Art Foundation, author of the project known as ,Mujer del Almanzora’ (Woman of the Almanzora), a large sculpture in the manner of the colossi of antiquity, 8 meters high, representing a woman’s head that emerges from the earth, made with ,Blanco Macael’ Marble (White Macael), visitable inside, for what have used eighty-six marble blocks with which more than a hundred cubic meters of this prestigious stone were made using the most advanced technology of the moment.

Category Communication Award: Gaspar Llanes Díaz-Salazar.Category Communication Award: Gaspar Llanes Díaz-Salazar.
The Jury grants the Communication Award to Mr. GASPAR LLANES DÍAZ-SALAZAR, General Secretary of Economy of the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the Regional Government of Andalusia, and President of the Agency EXTENDA, promoter and collaborator in the most important international event for promotion of the ,Macael Brand’, which took place last June in the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, where the Courtyard of Honor of the Castle of the Vélez, made with ,Blanco Macael’ marble, is. It was attended by a hundred and twenty professionals from prestigious US Architecture and Design Studies who were presented the qualities of Macael’s marble, their durability over the years and the professionalism and creativity that the companies have acquired over time.

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