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NMU's Riaan Huiskens heads to 2019 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

Apr 23, 2019
NMU's Riaan Huiskens heads to 2019 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

Riaan Huiskens represents Nelson Mandela University at 2019 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

Port Elizabeth - On Sunday, 5th May 2019, Riaan Huiskens will travel to Johannesburg, to represent the Nelson Mandela University at the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards to be held at the Maslow Hotel on the 7th May 2019.

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 R70 000 at the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards.

As this year’s top NMU student, Riaan Huiskens' thesis is entitled,  The design of a 3D printing facility in Central, Port Elizabeth.

In discussing his winning thesis, Huiskens said, "High-tech architecture is moving towards a paradigm shift with the development and incorporation of digital fabrication technology.

"This interest is extended into the discussion of recycling existing infrastructure. In this treatise, a topic which ties into both the heritage and ecological discourse.

"It recognises the significance of historical urban elements and the finite quality of heritage resources within the city."

2019 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards focuses on 3D printing

A historical building used as a host for the design of a 3D printing facility invites a dialogue between architecture of the old and the expression of the new. The Premier Mill Building is identified as an historical urban artefact and the programme complements the historical background of the building, which was a granary.

The primary architectural exploration focuses on the possibilities offered by 3D printing in the making and expression of architecture. The nature of the facility organises function before sign.

Meaning the initial architecture lies in the systematic operations of the facility as a place of digital fabrication. Therefore, it focuses on successfully incorporating existing infrastructure as functioning components to the system.

Secondly the building is a sign of its function, a visual opportunity for a new architecture to reflect the nature of the facility.

 “This takes face brick into the new age of modern, dramatic architecture. When combined with other textures and colours or even used alone, these exciting new products help create a powerful contemporary signature. The use of new mortars, different bonds and contrasting patterns has opened up a whole world of new possibilities in brick architecture,” Huiskens added.

Image:  Riaan Huiskens, has won the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year regional finals.  He will represent the Nelson Mandela University at the 32nd Corobrik Architectural Award of the Year event in Johannesburg on the 8th May 2019.   He is pictured with his winning thesis model entitled ‘The design of a 3D printing facility in Central, Port Elizabeth.’   Pictured with him are Mike Willard and Adri Oliphant of Corobrik.

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