Second-year architecture student wins design award

Lae News, Normal


A SECOND year architecture student from the University of Technology in Lae is the recipient of an award, for his design of a children’s park that is to be developed at Rotary Park in Eriku.
Nineteen-year-old Sylvester Mariosu from Central province was awarded a cheque for K500 from the Rotary of Huon Gulf after his design is chosen from a short list of two other designs.
Rotary of Huon Gulf had initially decided to set up a children’s play-ground at what was formerly known as Apex Park in Eriku.
The club decided to engage the Unitech students in a competition to come up with the best design for the park.
President of the club Cynia Sanchez said the park would provide the community with play equipment for children, sports facilities and venues for social gatherings and events.
She said the park would also have ablution blocks.
Mr Mariosu’s design was chosen because it considered safety and security, and had the ability to withstand trying weather conditions while sustaining the park and the equipment.
The project was led by architect Prof Rahim Milani and lecturer Michael Hirschbichler.
The three shortlisted students were selected by the two instructors while the winning design was chosen by the Rotarians.
Mr Mariosu’s design was made from Papua New Guinean timber.
It consisted of playground equipment, a shade pavilion, basketball court and a sports field.
Mrs Sanchez presented the cheque to Mr Mariosu at the campus in front of his fellow students of the department of architecture and building last Monday.
The plan for the winning design has been approved by the physical planning board and is in the process of being examined by the building board.
Mrs Sanchez has also asked for donations and support from business houses as the park would be open to all residents of Lae.