Google/Guggenheim Shed Competition Winners Announced

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The results are in from the Design It competition, a Google mashup with the Guggenheim where 600 designers used Sketchup to design a shelter, no more that 100 square feet in floor area that provided a space for one person to study and sleep. There was a peoples' choice award where more than 100,000 voted, giving the prize to David Mares of Portugal, who logically built it out of cork, a local, sustainable material. cbs-rendering.jpg

I must confess that I usually don't think much of peoples' choice awards (the winner in the Greensburg chain of eco-homes competition got exactly 17 peoples' choice votes) but they did good here, it is a lovely thing. More on the Cork Block Shelter at the Guggenheim and at David Mares website.
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I was less sure about the juried winner's project, David Eltang's SeaShelter, until I watched the video, and saw that it is designed to sit on exposed seabed at low tide, with the top window staying above the water at high tide.

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SeaShelter is situated in the Wadden-sea, a unique coastline, with shallow water but tides of 1-3 meters and exposed seabed at low tide. It is habitat for a variety of birds and seals. SeaShelter offers opportunity to stay in the Wadden-sea even at high tide, and opportunity to discover wildlife and seabed when flooded.

Video describing the competition and announcing the winners.

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