UCT architecture students put cheer into chairs for homeless kids

24 May 2010

Sandile Sinyodo tries out the game chairSandile Sinyodo tries out the game chair.

On 10 May, third-year architecture students donated 15 unique chairs to The Bridge at Elukhuselweni, a children's home in Khayelitsha run by the Homestead Project for Street Children.

As part of their Studiowork design course, students in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics were briefed to design and manufacture a chair for a TV lounge.

"Last year the class decided to bring an element of reality to the project, as well as create an opportunity to give back to the community," said project co-ordinator Adjuct Professor Anya van der Merwe Miszewski.

Jenny Sorrel, a part-time studiomaster, contacted the Homestead Project and offered to donate the chairs to their hostel.

Sandra Morreira, head of The Homestead Project, and Sorrel decided on chairs with a fun, built-in game element.

The Bridge at Elukhuselweni Children's Home houses about 55 boys, aged six to 18 years, who have been rescued from a life on the streets of Cape Town.

The children have few belongings of their own, and part of the brief followed by the UCT students was to create chairs that would enable the boys to assert their individuality.

The students made the furniture themselves in the School of Architecture workshop. The budget for each chair was no more than R250.

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