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Naspers Centre competition receives over 90 facelift suggestions

More than 90 submissions were received for the Design24 competition to reimagine the face of the Naspers Centre.

Entries closed on Friday for Design24, the design competition seeking proposals to reimagine the exterior of the Naspers Centre building on Cape Town’s Foreshore. In total, 94 submissions were received from people across South Africa. The submissions were designed by artists, architects, graphic designers, industrial designers, urban planners, students and even a journalist.

Anika Ebrahim, Head of Corporate Communications for competition sponsor Media24, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the response. The submissions we received are rich with innovative thinking, creativity and beauty. The breadth and depth of ideas means that whichever design the judges select, once built the Media24 building will be the most beautiful building in Cape Town. Thank you to everyone who has shared their ideas with us.”

The judging process starts this week, when five independent curators review each entry against pre-determined criteria. Entries will be assessed for aesthetic value, sustainability, cost, technical feasibility, buildability, and reference to all four themes of the World Design Capital 2014 programme. Design24 is an official World Design Capital project.

Entries will also be reviewed by a second panel of judges, who will decide the top three submissions. The winner will be announced on 4 April. The main winner will receive
R200 000, and two runners up will receive R80 000 and R40 000 respectively.

An implementation budget of R15 million has been allocated to see the ideas become reality.

For more information, visit design.24.com, or follow Design24 on Twitter – @design24ct, with hashtag #WDC317.

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