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Design Your Dwelling winner announced

We're pleased to announce that the winner of the Design Your Dwelling Competition has been determined. The winning submission is from Drew Wilgus, an intern architect from a firm in North Carolina. Here is Drew's description of his project:

Drew Wilgus | Model

This house seeks to combine influence from Crissy Air Field’s historical and environmental site context. Using salvaged bridge structure, the house references the nearby national landmark while at the same time achieving an aesthetic that recalls militaristic construction.

Steel is portrayed in varying scales as both powerful and delicate. Reclaimed redwood balances the steel and represents the city’s outlying wilderness. A planted roof emulates overgrowth as if the structure were wreckage returning to the earth. The house sits perched atop a landscaped plinth. While this gives the house a monumental presence, the plinth also functions as a way to funnel incoming northern winds under the house and through a turbine array. Deriving energy from wind uplift references the basic principal of flight.

Formally, the front of the house promotes a sense of privacy. Windows, appearing as punched openings, are modest. A pair of tapered retaining walls guides one beneath the elevated house toward the stair and frames the view beyond. Ascending the stair, one gains an unrestricted perspective of the view north. The rear of the house opens up with a large porch that wraps nearly the entire perimeter. Full height windows and tapered roof overhangs enhance the view of the park, waterfront, and Golden Gate Bridge. With concern for preserving the park land, the challenge is to design a house that adapts to the landscape and still retains a monumental identity. This house uses material and technology to embrace the site’s history, climate, and surrounding built environment.

Check out Drew's model on the Google 3D Warehouse, and be sure to take a look at the announcement post on the Dwell blog.

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Anonymous said...

Very Cool. Great Design!

Anonymous said...

thank you to google for censoring unfavorable comments about the way their competition was run in the previous post. guess they've been working in china a little too long.

Anonymous said...

really , very nice design ... and most i like the presentation of the pics and the way he made the sections .

Anonymous said...

wow my design doesn't even show up in the "design your dwelling" entries in the 3D warehouse. What's the deal with that? My model wasn't even considered....well I feel like a big dope

SketchUp Team said...

estudioG/ gino:

It's possible we missed your model when we built the 3DWH collection. Can you please email a link to your model to I'll check to make sure your submission was received.


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ub said...

I want to know how much time it took to complete this design :)

Deg said...

Reminds me of one of the houses built by Penn State for the Solar Decathlon. I wonder if the Decathlon teams will be using SketchUp this year.

Anonymous said...

The use of electric power turbines under the structure, in a venturi-like configuration, is brilliant!

Anonymous said...

dude thats a sweet building.

Anonymous said...

"No, I can't watch the game today, I gotta go mow the roof..."

Anonymous said...

Looks like a residential version of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Anonymous said...

a really fantastic work.... i really appreciate dat... a gud thought given up... gudluck

Anonymous said...

Have the cantilevers been proved? They look pretty unrealistic to me- just a drawing exercise. There's a huge amount of skin to the habitable areas which would make it costly to build and maintain

Anonymous said...

good for designers and for sketchup as sponsor of this kind of activity.

Unknown said...

cool cooler coolest design i likeit verymuch kepitup

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