Everyone and everything is going green. You cant turn on the news or open a magazine, ahem, without seeing some play on the phrase. We thought the timing was right for a competition, our third, that challenged the current trend in big, bulging housesmodern, Mediterranean, or otherwise. Shrink This House asked our readers to transform a 5,687-square-foot, modern house in Miami Beach into a smaller, environmentally friendly one. And my, how you all listened!
Entries poured in from all over the worldBali, Austria, Ireland, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Japan totaling more than 60. Of the original entries, 10 were presented to the panel which would determine a winner.
Winning entry by Michael Atzenhofer and Johanna Atzenhofer
About the winning project:
"When you look at all the louvers and the geometry of the house it looks like it has a lineage to Floridas modern past, yet also has some relationship to the [original] house. This is more of a conceptual format...it doesnt just cut up the existing one.
I like it for the floor plan because they keep the living space very attractive. What I dont like in this rendering is that its too modern...you have no walls, only glass and columns; that for me is a little cold.