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Cork Shelter, Guggenheim Museum Prize, David Mares, Palmela, Portugal

CBS – Cork Block Shelter is the shelter built by the Portuguese architect David Mares which won the “Shelter Competition” of the Guggenheim Museum of New York. The competition challenged the entrants to design a space for a single person to live in using Google SketchUp (a specific design programme) and put it somewhere on Earth through Google Earth. The Portuguese “shelter” won against 60 projects from 68 countries. It highlighted three factors: cork, innovation and Portuguese soul. It is a box built of cork offering good thermal and acoustic insulation and waterproofing. The shelter was placed in Vale dos Barris, Setúbal – a region where we can also find a cork oak forest

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