Residential Project Featuring 3,000 Sq. Ft. of Italian Tile Honored for Sustainability and Style

Springfield, MO— Painstaking efforts to create a “green” design paid off for one architect this year. Matthew Hufft, principal architect of hufft:projects llc – which has offices in New York, NY and Prairie Village, KS – took top honors for his design of The Line House in the residential category of the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition 2006.

Hufft’s design of The Line House, located here, used more than 3,000 sq. ft. of Italian ceramic tile on its exterior and interior floors. Herman and Associates was the tile contractor, and Pro Tile, New York was the distributor.

Sustainability played a huge role in The Line House project, explains Hufft. The tiles and masonry act as a solar collector during winter, providing solar warmth. The materials also offer “a nice contrast” to the recycled and scrap wood used for cabinetry. And the location of the home provides natural light all year while the natural cross ventilation reduces air conditioner use.

Choosing the right tile to connect all three sections of the home – the main house, the library and the workshop – was key for Hufft.

“I chose tile from Casalgrande Padana’s Granitogres series for its beauty and durability and its ability to be outdoors and indoors. [This] allowed me to connect the various pieces of the residence with a uniform material,” he states.

The 2006 CTI Design Competition, which marks its 12th year, is a special awards program sponsored by Assopiastrelle (the Association of Italian Ceramic Tile Manufacturers) and the Italian Trade Commission/Ceramic Tiles of Italy. It honors excellence in design and installation of Italian ceramic tile, note contest organizers.

“The competition received a record-breaking number of submissions with 50 exquisitely designed projects,” add contest organizers.

An international panel of design professionals selected Hufft’s project, along with several other projects, as winners from a pool of entries that included commercial, institutional and residential, domestic and international, new-build projects from North American architects and designers. All projects were completed between January 2001 and January 2006.

Each winning project was judged on design excellence and its creative attributes, as well as how the project met the functional and technical requirements. Winners received a check for $5,000 during Coverings 2006 in Orlando, FL, and were given a free trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie 2006.

Other winners included the renovation of the San Diego International Airport, which received the Institutional prize. Ruscio Studio, of Montréal, Canada, won the Commercial category for its renovation of the “Bay Section” of the Place Fleur De Lys – a shopping center in Québec. Special recognition was given to Rene Gonzalez Architect Inc. for its application of mosaic tiles in Miami, FL. Finally, Richard D. Fairbourn Architect, Ltd.’s Fairbourne Residence project and the Bramalea City Center by Pappas Design Studio garnered honorable mentions.

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