Their project, titled Solar Creek Community, saw the two beat 68 other students in the national leg of the 14th International Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort House Students Contest in Johannesburg.
Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi, who returned from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates this week with the trophy, as well as E1 500 (R22 160), were glad the hard work and sleepless nights paid off.
“The brief was to design sustainable housing, keeping in mind the heat in Dubai. And we wanted to relate it to the traditional architecture of the area. That was our unique approach to it,” said Parmananda. The pair, who competed against students from 28 countries, had to present their project to an international jury in Dubai, which included representatives from the Dubai municipality, architects and industry experts.
Parmananda, who is from Glenwood, said they had to find a unique approach to stand a chance, while meeting the criteria set out in the competition. “We studied Dubai’s green building regulations and tried to make our building meet those regulations.”