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Australia comes out on top in International Cosentino Design Challenge 2013

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Sydney, 5 August 2013.- The Cosentino Group, the Spanish world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, is pleased to announce the winners and highly commended works for the 7th International Cosentino Design Challenge, with a student from the University of Technology Sydney, being named as a winner for the architecture category.  

Cosentino Design Challenge, a competition for design, architecture and interior architecture students, aims to foster the talent of students, promoting research into the different conceptual approaches to the layout of spaces, materials and the construction systems that define them, using materials made by Cosentino Group.

The winners of the Architecture competition (awarded € 1,000 each), who were tasked with designing an outdoor kitchen from an innovative conceptual approach, using Cosentino materials, included University of Technology Sydney (UTS) student, Matthew Sikora, with his work “The Reinvention of the Barbecue Bench”. Matthew was also named  one-of-three local winners for the architecture category.

Gary Isherwood, Country Manager for Cosentino Australia, states: “This is the first year UTS has been a partner school for the Cosentino Design Challenge, and to have a student win in the architecture category is a fantastic result and something the university, and Cosentino Australia is incredibly proud of.”

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In addition to the winner, two works from UTS were shortlisted in the top 20 in the architecture category. This included students Benjamin Belson, Nuttaporn Pornvarojanabun and Simon Shien for their project F.A.K, and students Luke Fernandes, Altaf Khan and Jonathan Tolentino for their work P.I.V.O.T. Both these works were named winners of the local competition.

In the design category, students had to  present an idea for “Cosentino and the office”, delivering a proposal completely open to interpretation and featuring Cosentino materials. UTS student Nicholas Sadowsky was named as a global finalist for his work ‘Winged Stool, and a winner of the local Australian competition, joined by Antoine Ryan for his work “Slide Wall” and Christina Del Rosario, for her project “Rockfalls”.

This year’s competition saw a total of 178 applications in the architecture category, with 87 projects presented in the design category, coming from countries in Europe, America and Australia.

William Feuerman, Senior Lecturer, UTS School of Architecture, and Cosentino Design Challenge juror, comments: “Having one winner and three finalists, out of 285 international entries is an amazing result and reflects why UTS is one of the global leaders in architecture and design. ”

A total of twelve prestigious institutions, schools and international universities have actively participated in Cosentino Design Challenge 2013: American Society of Interior Designers (United States); University of Technology Sydney (Australia), Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands), Istituto Europeo di Design Milano and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (Italy); Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (Germany); and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona, Escuela de Arte número 10 de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla, Escuela de Arte de Almería and Escuela de Arte Superior de Diseño de Alicante (Spain).

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