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Design It: Shelter Competition 
Thursday 22 Oct 2009
 
Tide and cork schemes prevail 
 
SeaShelter courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 
 
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Guggenheim names winners of Design It: Shelter Competition 

On the 50th Anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (yesterday), the Guggenheim and Google announced the two winners of the Design It: Shelter Competition. The interactive, online competition asked participants to utilize Google SketchUp and Google Earth to create a 100 sq ft virtual shelter for a location anywhere on Earth. The Juried Prize, selected by architecture and design experts, was awarded to David Eltang of Aarhus, Denmark for his SeaShelter structure. The People’s Prize, selected by the public from among ten preselected finalists, was awarded to David Mares of Setúbal, Portugal for his CBS – Cork Block Shelter. The two winners will receive airfares and two nights accommodation for two in New York City, behind-the-scenes tours of the Guggenheim Museum and Google offices, and Google SketchUp Pro licenses. The Juried Prize winner will also get a $1,000 cash award.

SeaShelter, winner of the Juried Prize, is situated on the coastline of Denmark’s Wadden Sea, a popular location for wet hikes during low tide. Its interior workspace and observation and resting platform offer an opportunity for those hiking along the sand to experience the seabed during shifting tides, and provides a habitat for local birds and seals. According to juror David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design at the Guggenheim, “SeaShelter creates an opportunity to experience full high tide and interact with the environment in dramatic ways. Providing a refuge for passersby and wildlife alike, the shelter invites narrative and possesses a welcoming quality that the jury views as reflective of the spirit of the Design It competition.”

The People’s Prize winner CBS – Cork Block Shelter is located at Vale de Barris, Portugal. The winning entry is a rectangular structure whose cork walls thermally protect the shelter in a microclimate that ranges from dry heat to damp cold. According to the project description posted by its designer David Mares, “the dynamic facade gives visual interaction when in living-studying mode; in rest-sleep mode it closes to provide privacy for its occupant.”

Design It: Shelter Competition received nearly 600 submissions from 68 countries. Ten finalists, preselected by students from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, competed for the People’s Prize. The Juried Prize was selected by a panel of experts that included Timothy Bade, Principal, Bade Stageberg Cox; Neil M. Denari, Principal, Neil M. Denari Architects; Cathleen McGuigan, Architecture Critic, Newsweek; Victor Sidy, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; Lisa Strausfeld, Partner, Pentagram; Aidan Chopra, Product Evangelist, Google SketchUp; and David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design at the Guggenheim.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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