Cosentino, a Spanish multinational and one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of quartz, natural stone and recycled surfaces, has announced that the jury of the Cosentino Design Challenge 2013 has selected its winners. Prizes were awarded for two categories, Architecture and Design, and each category was awarded with three individual prizes of ¬1000 each.
The 2013 jury was composed of representatives from some of the 12 schools and universities that collaborated in the competition, amongst them Hilde Den Bieman, from the Dutch Design Academy Eindhoven; Matthew DeGeeter from the US association ASID; Isabel Plaza from Escuela de Arte número 10 de Madrid; and Jorge Roa from Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla.
Félix Arranz, an architect based in”Barcelona, and Ramón Esteve from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia were also invited, while Santiago Alfonso – director of communication and marketing – represented the Cosentino Group.
The main objective of the Cosentino Design Challenge competition is to support student talent, as well as to promote research on varying concepts related to space, material and construction systems. This year’s competition has been the most popular to date, both in terms of the number of projects received and the diverse nationalities of participants. Indeed, the architectural category received a total of 178 applications, while 87 projects were presented for the design category. The posters of the winners are available on the website of the International Competition Cosentino Design Challenge.
The winners of the Cosentino Design Challenge Architecture contest, whose objective was to design an outdoor kitchen with an innovative conceptual approach and using mainly Cosentino materials were:
Dinner at the Stars by Cristina Terán Sanjuán (ETSAM – Madrid)
The reinvention of the barbecue bench by Matthew Sikora (University of Technology Sydney)
Las Experiencias by Alejandro Guijarro Sosa (ETSAM – Madrid) and “Scaextric’ from Beatriz Mellado Fernández (ETSAG – Granada). (Prize shared between both projects).
The winners of the Cosentino Design Challenge Design contest – who were asked to reflect upon the theme ‘Cosentino and the office’ and present a proposal entirely open to interpretation, while making use of Cosentino materials – were:
Sin Nombre (nn19) from Zuzana Zathurecka (ETSAM-Madrid)
Symbol from Javier Gutiérrez Asensio (Escuela de Arte Superior de Diseño de Alicante)
E-GLU from Pedro Pablo de la Barra (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)