13th February 2002
A design for an ‘art train’ making art more accessible to ordinary people could spell success for a Hull student.
Kong Hoang (22), who studies Interior Design at the Hull School of Architecture, is one of ten young designers to have been shortlisted in the prestigious Royal Society of Arts Student Design Awards.
If Kong wins the interior design category in May he’ll spend his prize – a £1,750 travel bursary – on a trip to Egypt to see the Pyramids.
“I’m one of only ten students to have been shortlisted in this category, so I’m very pleased to have earned the nomination,” said Kong, who comes from Middlesbrough. “It’s an international competition and therefore quite a prestigious award, and I’m very happy.”
The competition brief was to create an art train - three standard railway coaches that can be attached to any train and taken to any part of the UK – which is visually exciting and fully accessible for people of all abilities.
“My interpretation is that the train is something that transforms. I wanted to increase the narrow space on the train so I split the train in half and used the platform for extra space,” said Kong.
“One of the main aspects of the brief was that that the art train should be accessible to everyone, so I’ve incorporated ramps, wheelchair access, sliding doors and clear signage throughout.
“It’s bright and colourful and I’ve tried to make it as simple, crisp and clear as possible.”
Kong will travel to London next week (22nd February) for an interview at which he will talk about his design and show off his portfolio. The awards will be presented in London in May.
Kong is a third-year student of Interior Design at the Hull School of Architecture, part of the University of Lincoln.
For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)