BY Nkosazana Ngwadla
Nelson Mandela University third-year Architecture students Theo Magwira and Zac Setzkorn won the overall and best presentation prize of the national Ceasarstone student designer competition.
Second- and third-year Architecture and Design students were invited to create a conceptual and functional design for a sports centre in Nantes Park in Athlone, Cape Town.
Theo’s design, The Motion envisioned creating an atmosphere to both express and respect the landscape and human movement, creating a relationship between the land and the being.
It was inspired by the natural fynbos landscape, which can rejuvenate, energise and amplify the environment and the design aimed to create a connection with future generations that will inherit a legacy worth honouring, namely Nantes Park, said Clayton Johnson-Goddard, senior lecturer in Architecture.
Zac’s project Frequency of Nantes was conceptualised from The Springbok radio serial, Die Geheim van Nantes, which was broadcast every day in the summer holidays and would gather different groups of the community around the wireless as they listened to the stories.
In the same way, the design embodied the essence of the community by creating spaces where both the people of Athlone and Cape Town can gather through different activities and embrace the memory of Athlone.