Saint-Gobain presented the awards for the international final of its 14th MultiComfort House Students Contest following the competition held in Dubai. It was chaired by Pierre-André de Chalendar, chairman and chief executive officer of the Saint-Gobain group, and Dawood AbdulRahman Al Hajiri, director general of Dubai Municipality.
Started in 2004, the objective of Saint-Gobain’s students contest is to develop a project based on the principles of the Multi-Comfort concept: an optimum indoor environment ensuring the right level of fresh air, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort provided in a sustainable and energy efficient manner.
The task for this year’s edition of the Saint-Gobain’s MultiComfort House Students Contest was developed in close collaboration with the Planning Department of Dubai Municipality and the Dubai Properties Group. It outlined a vision for a transcultural vibrant community development located in the perimeter of Dubai’s Cultural Village, a mixed-use project located along Dubai creek’s Al Jaddaf shoreline.
The first prize was awarded to Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi, from University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The second prize went to Veronika Supruniuk from Brest State Governmental University Belarus. The third prize was awarded to Tobias Bretz and Dill Khan from Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany.
Teams from 28 countries comprising 50 competing students presented their projects to an international jury, including representatives of the Dubai Municipality, architects and industry experts. Al Hajiri of Dubai Municipaility said: “Dubai Municipality’s support for the competition comes in line with its keenness to achieve sustainability strategies in the UAE and reflects the efforts of the municipality to adopt innovative designs and concepts of a global nature that advocate and achieve the principles of sustainability and conservation of natural resources.”
De Chalendar, chairman and CEO of Saint-Gobain said: “Again this year, the 2018 Multi-Comfort Students Contest will be noted in the records for the high-level quality of the projects submitted by the students. I am always amazed by their innovative spirit to use the Saint-Gobain MultiComfort solutions to create better and great living places everywhere.” “The MultiComfort House Student Contest sheds light on the incredible efforts of a young generation of distinguished architects who will be key contributors to ensuring that Dubai will enjoy a sustainable environment in line with our leadership’s vision,” said Samira AlRais, senior director of policy and strategy, sustainable development from The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai.