Over the last year, Granada Tile‘s Cement Tile Blog has introduced you to some really amazing cement tile installations featuring our concrete tiles across the United States: bathroom tiles in Marin County, wall tiles in Los Angeles, kitchen tiles in Manhattan. We’ve also shared some historic concrete tile installations from around the world. Who can forget the incredible cement tile designs around Brazil and in Paris, to name just a few of our favorites? If you also remember, we’re particularly big fans of these European and Central and South American tile installations since they often feature concrete tiles on the exteriors of buildings. We adore how it gives the concrete tiles center stage and makes a graphic colorful statement for passers-by to see. Today we’re pleased to share a new wall tile installation featuring Granada Tile’s cement tiles in an international setting—Costa Rica—where they get a starring role in the project.
The Villa de Castilla project is a complex of 20 condominiums located in Cartago, Costa Rica and is the product of the Costa Rican construction firm Brenes y Salas. Taking its cues from the country’s architectural past, the development features white stucco walls, tile roofs and wrought iron details in the form of railings, light fixtures and other decorative elements. Then there are the cement tiles. The folks at Brenes y Salas incorporated our Echo Collection‘s Ronda cement tile design (itself a pattern that evokes historic tile designs from Spain and Central and South America) into the buildings’ façade. It’s a treatment very much in keeping with the wall tiles found on the exteriors of buildings around the country and brings color and a vibrant rhythm to the otherwise neutral hues in the project. Brenes y Salas’s use of Granada Tile’s concrete tiles point to just how many ways our products can be incorporated into a project. If you’re thinking of an exterior renovation or a new construction entirely, don’t forget to think about using cement tiles to enliven it.