Shelter Requirements

Please note: The submission period is now closed. Public voting on ten finalists for the People’s Prize selected by current Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture students opens on September 7 and runs until October 10. On October 21, 2009, winners of the People’s Prize and a special Juried Prize were announced.


In celebration of the ideas and teaching of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum invites you to create your own virtual shelters, located anywhere on Earth. Share your design on the Guggenheim’s Web site by first modeling your shelter with Google SketchUp, then placing your model on Google Earth.

When designing your shelter, consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s interest in the connection between architecture and its location. How can your shelter respond to the specific natural and built environments that surround it?

Project Specs


You can build your shelter anywhere on Earth: from city to desert, hill to valley. You cannot remove any existing buildings, but you can add on to existing structures.


Keep your shelter small—the interior/sheltered space can be no larger than 100 square feet (9.3 square meters), and entire shelter no taller than 12 feet (3.6 meters).


Your shelter must offer protection from the elements and provide a space for one person to study and sleep. Keep it simple—no water, gas or electricity allowed.

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