Rewarding comfortable and sustainable architecture

April 19 2018

National stage: towards selecting the Southern Africa winning team

Saint-Gobain in South Africa first entered the competition in 2016. 

In 2018, seven shortlisted architectural projects selected from the University of Johannesburg and the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban will compete for the chance to take part in the finals in Dubai. 

“The national stage has been preceded by an intense eight weeks where students had to create a sustainable architectural design integrated into the urban space, while adhering to Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort criteria and taking into account the climatic conditions and regional context of the local site and in Dubai. The amount of research, coupled with online training offered by Saint-Gobain on acoustics, thermal and indoor air quality, has been a steep learning exercise for the students. This investment in young professionals will reap rewards in the future with benefits for the built environment,” explains Sibusiso Mthembu, Saint-Gobain Coordinator for the South Africa Stage of the contest. 

The Southern Africa stage winning team will be chosen by adjudicators comprising of a panel of industry experts, including: 

  • Marloes Reinink: Solid Green Consulting
  • Cliff Gouws: Boogertman and Partners Architects
  • Ayanda Masuku : City of Johannesburg
  • James Russwurm:  One of the 2016 Contest Winners
  • Sathia Govender: Saint-Gobain

The South Africa stage for the Saint-Gobain MultiComfort House Students Contest will be held in Saint-Gobain offices in Johannesburg on April 20 from 9:30 AM to 12:30. 

About the competition

The first part of the Saint-Gobain MultiComfort House Students Contest comprises of a national stage in 28 different countries and of an online entry stage for students from countries that do not have a local competition. 

The international stage will be held in Dubai from 12-15 May 2018. The winning teams from various countries and the online entry winner will battle it out in the finals.

This year, participants have to design a vision for a transcultural vibrant community development located in the perimeter of the cultural village of Dubai. The design should propose a combination of residential and public spaces to maximize energy-efficiency and wellbeing. The approach has to incorporate the Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort vision based on thermal, acoustic and visual comfort, as well as air quality and modularity. 

The Southern Africa winning team will represent South Africa in Dubai.