Caesarstone Student Designer

The prestigious Caesarstone Student Designer 2013 competition awards evening was held last week at Cape Town’s trendy Bree Street art gallery, Young Blood, held in Cape Town for the first time, in preparation for the World Design Capital 2014 festivities in the Mother City next year.

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Nine finalists and the top three designs were selected by the judging panel in mid-August after students and their lecturers responded to the 2013 brief – The Forum of Excellence.  Architect, Jonathan Anstey of Jonathan Anstey Architects, conceptualised the brief for the competition, “The challenge we set for the students this year was to embrace individuals or groups who had contributed to dramatic change or progress – just like the life of Nelson Mandela had impacted us as a nation.”
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The winning concept The Heart of South Africa was designed by Leon van der Westhuizen of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Architecture, with oversight from his lecturer, Donald Flint.  All the judges felt a connection with the historical event that Leon selected, namely, the first human heart transplant performed by Chris Barnard.
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Leon van der Westhuizen giving his acceptance speech
Anstey comments on why this design won first place, “Leon embraced this excellence within the medical field by taking the concept much further than anyone else in the competition.  Not only is the building a physical demonstration of the heartbeat, but he was able to employ the idea that cardio vascular health can be celebrated through exercise activities within the building in celebration of the memory of Chris Barnard.”
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Contact: www.caesarstone.co.za

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