TWO THOMASIANS bagged the top prize in an intercollegiate house design contest in Mandaluyong last May 18.

The tandem of Architecture graduates Patrick Castañeda and John Michael Puache bested other teams and emerged as champion of this year’s Pag-ibig House Design Competition.

Castañeda and Puache’s entry titled “Systemized Adaptive Floating Edifice” featured a house made of buoyant materials, which can float up to 2.2 meters.

The contest, open to all third to fifth year architecture students in Metro Manila, Cavite, and Bulacan, required a full architectural design for a single-family, one-storey house with a maximum construction cost of P200,000.

Materials must be low-cost and disaster-resistant, and must be recognized by the Accreditation of Indigenous Technologies for Housing committee.

The contest was launched last March 16 to seek practicable designs, new concepts, and potential building technology for socialized housing projects for poor and low-income Filipinos. Yuji Vincent B. Gonzales

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