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OpenThinkBox design competition

OpenThinkBox design competition, established by Autodesk Africa in 2006, is growing in stature and making its mark as a truly international competition.

OpenThinkBox design competition, established by Autodesk Africa in 2006, is growing in stature and making its mark as a truly international design competition.

Set up to promote a strong local design culture, the 2007 competition attracted 37 entries, from 261 registrations. The final entry count, 336% up on the previous year, included 5 international entries, one of which was placed in the professional category and two of which received special mentions from the judges. 

The competition winner in the professional category is Cecilia Steinberg (27) a candidate architect at John Radford Architects in Johannesburg. Her entry was a cube-shaped mobile climbing wall, which doubles as an art installation. The cube cracks open to reveal a cave etched with iconic modern day symbols, creating a tactile display, which is also a climbing wall. 

In the student category, first place goes to University of the Free State third year architecture student, Kobus Smit (21).  Drawing his inspiration from a sundial, he created a multifunctional community centre on Naval Hill, the highest point overlooking Bloemfontein, where visitors can view how the city has the city has developed over the years. 

OpenThinkBox TimePod 2007 required entrants to design a time capsule capturing the essence of life in South Africa 2007. They had to create a structure and fill it with memorabilia, artefacts and other media that would give future generations a glimpse into modern day South African life. Entrants had to identify a site for their projects and use the timepod to communicate a cultural or social message. 

Competition judges included Johannesburg architect, Henning Rasmuss, Jacques Laubscher of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria and, international judge, Mike Harvey of PRP Architects in the United Kingdom. The winners of last year’s OpenThinkBox competition, architects Suhayl Ballim of Durban and Judith Erasmus of Johannesburg, and last year’s student category winner, Dino Kiratzidis, also participated in the judging. 

WINNERS’ LIST

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

  • 1st Cecilia Steinberg, candidate architect, John Radford Architects, Johannesburg wins R10 000, a Dell notebook and a program of Revit Architecture software.
  • 2nd Maeva Chardon, French architect now living in Sweden, wins R5 000 and a program of Revit Architecture software.
  • 3rd Ayanda Masokoane, Ikemeleng Architects, Johannesburg wins a program of Revit Architecture software. 

STUDENT CATEGORY 

  • 1st Kobus Smit, third year architecture student, University of the Free State wins R3 000, a Dell notebook and a program of Revit Architecture software.
  • 2nd Andre Malan, second year architecture student, University of Cape Town wins R2 000 and a program of Revit Architecture software.
  • 3rd Marika van der Merwe, interior design student, University of Pretoria wins a program of Revit Architecture software. 

SPECIAL MENTIONS 

  • Visually Most Appealing Phillip du Toit, private college, Pretoria, wins a Dell 61cm flat screen monitor.
  • Commendation Faraz Soleymani, masters architectural student, Mashad, Iran.
  • Most Spirited Strasko Kovec, Republic of Macedonia.
  • Technically Most Resolved Chris Clark, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,
    Port Elizabeth.