Uitenhage's Mario van Wyk to represent NMMU at 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

MAY 3, 2017
Uitenhage's Mario van Wyk to represent NMMU at 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

On Monday 8th May 2017, Mario van Wyk will travel to Johannesburg, to represent the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) to be held at the Hilton Hotel on the 10th May 2017.

In this national competition, the country’s best architectural students from eight major universities are identified based on their final theses and presented with awards at regional events. The winners of each of the regional competitions then go on to compete for the national title and a prize of R50 000 at the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards.

As this year’s top NMMU student Mario van Wyk’s thesis is entitled ‘Horror in Architecture’, a romantic exploration of the exquisite corpse analogy.

Van Wyk says, “As a by-product of the urban environment we are left with open undefined spaces between developed areas where the accumulation of infrastructural layers exists such as storm water channels, railway lines, natural invasiveness and even ruins of old industrial remains. These kinds of spaces, create urban barriers and breeding grounds for criminal activities.”

His thesis harnesses the romantic and functional qualities of such an area, converting it into a progressive system of human habitation with an innovative housing model.

Image:  Mario van Wyk from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is the regional winner for Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year.  His entry is entitled ‘Horror in Architecture’.