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Cosentino Australian announces local winner of its 9th edition of the Cosentino Design Challenge 2015

  • The competition consists of two different categories – Architecture and Design.
  • It is open to all students enrolled in any school or centre of higher education for design, architecture or interior architecture worldwide, for the 2014-2015 academic year. 
  • Cosentino Design Challenge is partnered with prestigious universities and schools worldwide.

Cosentino Australia is pleased to announce the local winner of the 9th edition of the Cosentino Design Challenge competition. The local winner was selected following the Cosentino International Design Challenge which took place in Spain, June 2015. The Australian judging was carried out by industry leaders and icons such as;

  • Neale Whitaker, one of Australia’s most recognised design experts and Editor in Chief at Vogue
  • Endriana Audisho, Associate Lecturer at Australian University of Technology Sydney
  • Gary Isherwood, Area Manager Cosentino Australia and New Zealand

David Hamilton from UTS took out the local prize for his Architecture project, AdapTable. David’s inspiration for this project came from his idea to ignite a playground for adults, reversing the pre-existing stereotype’s that are currently present in society. David has been awarded with a brand new personalised iPad as well as tickets to an exclusive seminar at this year’s Sydney InDesign event, presented by renowned architect, Kowichi Takaida.


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Cosentino also saw some other outstanding submissions from students across a range of reputable Australian universities. These projects include:

  • Vertical Labyrinth (UTS) – Wayomika Nongrum
  • Time is Today’s Greatest Luxury (UTS) – Jake Paraskeva
  • Harmony Place (UTS) – Diana Bio and Trang Hong
  • Kitchen Experience (QUT) – Michael Dang, Michelle To and Su-Hyun Tai
  • Movement and Momentum (RMIT) – Lily Townsend, Cara Alwise and Sophia Northman

The International Cosentino Design Challenge is a competition for design, architecture, interior design students or similar areas of knowledge anywhere in the world. The challenge 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 the Cosentino Group.

Now in its third year locally, the Cosentino Design Challenge is open to students across Australia, ranging from universities including Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) participating alongside official CDC partner, University of Technology Sydney.

This year’s international competition received a total of 278 applications (135 projects for the architecture category and 143 projects for the design category), increasing the participation by 31% compared to last year’s edition. Participants included students from the official partner schools of Cosentino Design Challenge, as well as from students from other design or architecture schools around the world, including Togo, Russia and Bolivia.

A total of fifteen prestigious institutions, schools and international universities actively participated as official partners of the Cosentino Design Challenge 2015:

  • University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
  • Istituto Europeo di Design (Italy)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (USA)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • ESAM Design (France)
  • Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore)
  • Escuela artediez de Madrid (Spain)
  • Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla (Spain)
  • Escuela de Arte de Almería (Spain)
  • Escuela Superior de Diseño de Alicante (Spain)
  • Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)
  • Escuela Arquitectura de Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
  • Escuela de Arquitectura de la Univesidad de Navarra

Students entering the Architecture competition had to present an architecture proposal, totally open to the set topic – Playground: Fun with Surfaces.

International Architecture winners:

Students entering the Design prize were asked to focus on “Cosentino and celebration”, giving careful consideration to the relationship between celebration, space, the observer and Cosentino materials.

International Design winners:

Judging for the international awards took place on the 23 June in Granada’s (Spain) Cosentino Centre. The jury was composed of representatives from some schools and universities that collaborated in the competition:

  • Ms. Endriana Audisho from the Australian University of Technology Sydney
  • Mr. Giacomo Bertolazzi from Istituto Europeo di Design
  • Mr. Francisco Teixeira Bastos from the Escola Técnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Lisboa
  • Mr. Ang Xiwei from Lasalle College of Arts
  • Ms. Isabel Plaza de la Escuela artediez Madrid,
  • Mr. Raúl Fraga from Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid
  • Mr. Jorge Roa from Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla
  • Mr. Antonio Castilla from Escuela de Arte de Almería
  • Mr. Jorge Marín from Escuela Superior de Diseño de Alicante
  • Ms. Taciana Laredo, from Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Mr. Jaume Prat from Escuela Arquitectura Barcelona
  • Mr. Héctor García Diego from Escuela de Arquitectura of Universidad de Navarra

The architect and designer, Daniel Germani was also invited to take part in this jury. Santiago Alfonso, Director of Communication and Marketing represented the Cosentino Group.

This meeting also discussed various proposals for the theme of the tenth edition of the Cosentino Design Challenge, to be presented later this year.

All of the winning projects are available on the website of the International Competition Cosentino Design Challenge:

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