Design It: Shelter Competition Winner Facilitates Immersion in Nature

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The Guggenheim Museum and Google SketchUp announced the winners of their Shelter It design competition. Amateurs and designers were invited to submit 3-D shelter concepts created using Google SketchUp and Google Earth. Almost 600 entries were received from 68 countries. David Mares of Setúbal, Portugal won the People’s Prize for Cork Block Shelter (CBS). David Eltang, Aarhus, Denmark, won the juried prize for his design, SeaShelter!

SeaShelter is positioned along the coastline of Denmark’s Wadden Sea, an area known for attracting beach hikers. The design offers an observation and resting platform for hikers to “experience the seabed during shifting tides.” The shelter can be configured for viewing habitat at high tide as well. The shelter also offers 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 viewed as reflective of the spirit of the Design It competition.”

The design competition was launched as part of the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and Learning By Doing exhibits.

View the SeaShelter project and watch a video on the competition.

Also, check out a review of the new book “Google SketchUp for Site Design.”

Image credit: Guggenheim Museum, Design It Competition. SeaShelter, David Eltang, Aarhus, Denmark.

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