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Kobus Spanenberg: PG Bison Competition

Kobus also placed in the top 5 of the PG Bison 1.618 award for his competition submission where participants were asked to submit designs to include:

  • An open air cinema for a maximum of 80 patrons
  • Retail space
  • Ablutions
  • Food and beverage area(s)

In the Maboneng precinct in Johannesburg’s city centre (Berea Road between Fox and Main Streets).

The competition was created over two decades ago to recognise the future interior and industrial designers, architects and key decision makers in the South African construction industry.  In this time it has come to be known not only for the prestige it offers its winners, but also for the tradition-defying brief given to the students each year.

In his description, Kobus refers to the design as a “Giant vacuum cleaner to suck up air pollution”.  It uses environmentally friendly and recycled materials along with cutting edge technology that would convert the CO2 emissions into methanol which could be used to produce biofuel.