Team Germany took top honors in the 2007 decathlon, and Germany’s surPLUS home was also the winner this year, landing in the top five in nearly every category.
The house is two levels, a unique design for a building that only needed to be 800 square feet. It is based on a one-room concept in which each space serves more than one function. The most bizarre may be the bedroom — when not in use, the bed is tucked away under the living room floor, which is elevated above the bedroom. At night, the homeowner can choose to pull out a single or a full-sized bed.
Team members said they wanted their house to be surprising and polarizing — if for no other reason to stimulate discussion.