Design Your Dwelling


Out of almost 150 impressive entries, North Carolina-based Drew Wilgus has emerged the victor. Wilgus’ considered design stood out for its sustainable elements, integration into the local landscape, keen material use, and striking aesthetic.



Dwell & Google SketchUp challenge you to explore what this means to you in the "Design Your Dwelling" design competition featuring Google SketchUp software.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Housing
Country San Francisco, United States
Registration Deadline 31 August 2008 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 31 August 2008 (via Online)
Eligibility All who are at least 18 years of age

Most people define their home as a place where they feel comfortable and secure. But what does that actually look like? What would make it personal to you? Is it scale, materials, sustainability, environment?
We have selected a site for your "dwelling" in Google Earth. (hint: it is in the shadow of an iconic bridge!) The floor area of the home may not exceed 250 square meters.

Dwell editors
Google SketchUp experts
MIT professor
Joel Turkel (Dwell NextHouse architect)

On September 12th the competition winner will be flown to San Francisco, California to join Dwell editors for lunch at the Dwell offices in San Francisco, tour the "site" of their Dwell home, and take the Dwell/AIA architecture home tours in San Francisco. In addition, a physical 3D model of their winning home will be created and displayed in the Dwell headquarters and then gifted to the winner. Airfare will be provided by Google SketchUp and two nights accommodation in San Francisco will be provided by Dwell.

Entry Fee

6 jpeg images and 250 word description

Winners announcement: not later than September 5th, 2008 (on
The tour of San Francisco by winners: 12 September2008

Dwell & Google SketchUp

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