September 15, 2008

Google SketchUp and Dwell Challenge Winner Announced

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Dwell magazine in partnership with Google SketchUp announced the winner of the Design Your Dwelling Competition on North Carolina-based Drew Wilgus' entry was chosen out of almost 150 impressive submissions and featured a design constructed using salvaged elements from the Golden Gate Bridge among other green building practices.

Partnering with Google SketchUp, Google's 3D modeling software, the Design Your Dwelling competition challenged aspiring architects and design enthusiasts to create a virtual model of their ideal home on a predetermined site location in Google Earth at Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA. Models were required to be geo-located in Google Earth and were to take into account climate, public access, and size constraints, among other issues.

"Wilgus' design stood out for its sustainable elements, integration into the local landscape, keen material use, and striking aesthetic," said Michela O'Connor Abrams, President and Publisher of Dwell. "We were very impressed with his ingenuity and consideration."

Wilgus' winning design featured reclaimed redwood and steel materials, which marry the surrounding wilderness with the built environment. A landscaped plinth dug out beneath the house provides parking and channels wind through a series of turbines, alluding to the site's previous life as an airfield.

A recent graduate of the architecture program at UNC Charlotte and current intern at The Roberts Group + Fanning Howey, Wilgus will be receiving an all expenses paid VIP trip to Dwell on Design in Los Angeles this upcoming June. A three-dimensional model of Wilgus' winning design will also be fabricated and gifted as part of the grand prize.

Designs were judged on factors such as sustainability, cost-efficiency, and interior and exterior design by Dwell editors, Google SketchUp experts, and MIT professor and Dwell NextHouse architect Joel Turkel.

For more information, visit or

About Dwell:

Dwell was created to expand perceptions of the word "home" and champion an aesthetic in design that is modern, idea-driven and sensitive to social and physical surroundings. Their inherent passion for "bringing good design to everyone" has added fresh dimension to what it means to be At Home in the Modern World. Dwell(R) and Dwell on Design (R) are registered trademarks of Dwell, LLC.


CONTACT: Jessica Appelgren of Blue Practice, +1-415-871-1662,[email protected], for Dwell

Web site: