Design It: Shelter Competition Winners announced

CBS_4Over the course of the summer, Design It: Shelter Competition received submissions from people in 68 countries for a total of nearly 600 entries that met competition requirements. On the occasion of the Guggenheim Museum‘s 50th Anniversary, they are pleased to announce the two winning entries.

David Mares’s CBS – Cork Block Shelter, won the People’s Prize after receiving 64,875 votes out of more than 100,000 votes submitted online by voters around the world; and David Eltang’s SeaShelter, which was selected by a jury of architecture and design experts for the Juried Prize. Prizes include airfare and two nights accommodation for two in City, behind-the-scenes tours of the Guggenheim Museum and Google offices, and Google SketchUp Pro licenses.

Images of the two winners and videos from the competition after the break.

People’s Prize Winner – Cork Block Shelter





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Juried Prize Winner – SeaShelter





Video that announced the winners:

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Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Design It: Shelter Competition Winners announced" 22 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Mark Ellery

    really good quality designs, no over th top “flashing and shouting look at me” rubbish!
    these are down to earth quality pieces of architecture! nice!

  • MRF

    which one is the worst? it’s really hard to say, they’re both pure garbage!

    • Lucas


      • a.e.

        Your comments say more about you than the objects of your critiques. If you’re so desperate for your voice to be heard, then give REASONS, not one-liners, hit-and-run, childish responses.

  • Mark

    A.E I AGREE!

    MRF why are they so bad?
    to me these are REAL designs that could work, not crazy, flashy, computer generated pieces of rubbish that will never leave the pc and become realised…

    take a look at for some good quality design

  • Paul Adams

    I wish the ‘Cork Block Shelter’ included a ramp rather than stairs-that is an easy move that would have made the place accessible.

    I am also not a fan of movable parts on buildings–especially really small ones. The flip up sun screen is one thing, but the slide out balcony/bed just complicates the building envelope for little advantage. How do you detail that so it doesn’t leak air and water?

    The SeaShelter strikes me as an inherently BAD idea. Why subject your building to the wave action when you could move it up the beach and avoid those structural and waterproofing requirements? Further, since it appears to be primarily concrete, there is a lot of embodied energy in the material and construction expense to achieve that form.