Posts tagged as 'shelter'

Fri 27.5.

Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects (CA)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 27.05.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,

Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects; photo by James Dow''

The award-winning Vancouver-based practice Patkau Architects has realised these sculptural temporary skating shelters in the Canadian city of Winnipeg. Executed in double-layered flexible plywood, the shelters are located at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers which transform into miles-long skating trails during harsh winter months (Winnipeg is the coldest city of its size outside of Siberia). Each of the intimate snug-looking structures has been designed to accommodate a limited amount of skaters at a time. (more…)

'Brigitte' shelter by Enrique Illanez

At the D3 contest during this year’s imm cologne the young designer Enrique Illanez Schoenenberger presented his beasutiful shelter ‘Brigitte’. Small wooden shingles are sewn together to form the roof and the walls, and are then draped over a simple metal frame.

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Concrete Canvas Shelter

As we see in Pakistan right now, it can take months and years until victims of natural catastrophes have a roof over their heads again. The British company Concrete Canvas produces highly durable shelters made from a flexible, cement impregnated fabric – ‘Concrete Cloth’ – that hardens when hydrated to form a thin, durable, water and fire proof concrete layer.

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'Museum of Nature' by Finnish artist Ilkka Halso, 2004, project in progress

The Copenhagen Climate Conference we can declare as failed. No one can really say how big the impact of the increasing CO2-level will be, but the worst case scenario has been inspiration for international artists since many years. The ‘Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe’ in Hamburg, Germany dedicated its upcoming exhibition to artistic visions of future living on a destroyed Planet Earth. It showcases mainly use-oriented projects of climatological capsules in the field of art, design, architecture, urbanism and geo-engineering.

'Shrink' by Lawrence Malstaf, 1995, © Lawrence Malstaf/Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent

The exhibition will be open from 28 May – 8 August 2010.

'Bill Stone's paraSITE shelter' by Michael Rakowitz, 1998, with courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects

'Lilypad', a floating ecopolis for climate refugees by Vincent Callebaut, 2008, © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

'Dome over Manhattan' by Richard Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao, around 1960, with courtesy of The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller

to the MKG Hamburg website

Tue 27.10.

Design It: Shelter Competition winners

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 27.10.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

'SeaShelter' by David Eltang, Denmark

'SeaShelter' by David Eltang, Denmark, Juried Prize

The Guggenheim and Google SketchUp invited amateur and professional designers from around the world to submit a 3-D shelter for any location in the world using Google SketchUp and Google Earth. Over the course of the summer, nearly 600 contestants from 68 different countries submitted designs that met the competition requirements.

The winners for the People’s Prize and the Juried Prize have now been announced. Congratulations to David Mares of Setúbal, Portugal, winner of the People’s Prize for CBS – Cork Block Shelter; and David Eltang, hailing from Aarhus, Denmark, winner of the Juried Prize for his design, SeaShelter!

'SeaShelter' by David Eltang

'SeaShelter' by David Eltang

SeaShelter is situated in the Wadden-sea, a unique coastline, with shallow water but tides of 1-3 meters and exposed seabed at low tide. It is habitat for a variety of birds and seals. SeaShelter offers opportunity to stay in the Wadden-sea even at high tide, and opportunity to discover wildlife and seabed when flooded. Interior Workspace: Horizontal view, ‘Tidal Stair’: Sea-level view, ‘Observation and resting Tower’: Non-flooded panoramic view.

'SeaShelter' by David Eltang

'SeaShelter' by David Eltang

CBS is located at Vale dos Barris. It was designed to be an ecological and living block. In a microclimate that ranges from the dry heat to damp cold, the application of cork is a good way of thermally isolating the shelter and also providing acoustic insulation for study/sleep. The dynamic facade gives visual interaction when in living-studying mode; in rest-sleep mode it closes to provide privacy for its occupant.

'CBS – Cork Block Shelter' by David Mares, Portugal, People's Prize

'CBS – Cork Block Shelter' by David Mares, Portugal, People's Prize

'CBS – Cork Block Shelter' by David Mares

'CBS – Cork Block Shelter' by David Mares

to all finalists

Tue 25.8.

$700 House nominated for this year’s INDEX:Award

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 25.08.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

$700 House designed by the architects Jan Schreiber and Stefan Becker

$700 House designed by the architects Jan Schreiber and Stefan Becker

Founded in 2002 the Danish non-profit organisation INDEX:’s mission is to secure high-quality design to improve life internationally. With their yearly INDEX:Award they honor design and architecture projects in five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play and Community. The winners in five categories will each receive 100,000 euros.

This year’s 72 design finalists will be on public view at the INDEX:Award Exhibition, Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen, starting August 21, 2009.

One of the finalists is the $700 House by the German architects Jan Schreiber and Stefan Becker, who planned this projects with the Technical University in Berlin.

Details: $700 House

Details: $700 House

The design is specifically intended for extremely poor countries in Latin America that have suffered from natural disasters such as earthquakes. To families and people who need proper, durable and affordable re-housing, this solution offers flexible construction that costs no more than $700. The house can easily be dismantled, moved and rebuilt on a new site with the same materials. Furthermore, its strong but flexible structure makes the design resistant to earthquakes.

“Our aim was to create a cheap and safe “real” house that could be constructed in a short time by volunteers and future owners,” said the german architects behind the design, Jan Schreiber and Stefan Becker.

Construction of the $700 House

Construction of the $700 House

“Based on the fact that bricks are very cheap, widespread and locally produced in most latin-american countries on the one hand and the competition´s requirement of demountability on the other hand, we tried to work with pre-stressing instead of mortar. The walls are made of perforated bricks, tensioned between foundation and ring beam made of precast conrete elements. For pre-stressing we used a system of the packaging industry that is normally used to secure heavy goods: Sintetic fiber strips, stressed with a hand operated tightener. These strips can hold up to 50kN, depending on the width and are quiet cheap as well.”

to the INDEX: website

more information about the $700 House

Wed 10.6.

Design It: Shelter Competition

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 10.06.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Shelter by Frank Lloyd Wright

Shelter design by students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Google today announced the launch of Design It: Shelter Competition, a global, online initiative that invites the public to use Google Earth and Google SketchUp to create and submit designs for virtual 3-D shelters for a location of their choice anywhere on Earth. The competition opened June 8, 2009, Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday; closes to submissions on August 23.

Shelter design by students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Shelter design by students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

The competition takes its inspiration from Learning By Doing, an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum’s Sackler Center for Arts Education curated by David van der Leer, the museum’s Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, which features plans, photographs, and models of shelters built by students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. For the past seven decades, students at the school have taken on the challenge of designing, building, and living in small shelters nestled in the landscape of the school’s Arizona Taliesin West campus and recently on the Taliesin campus in Wisconsin as well. In addition to providing hands-on management and construction experience, the shelter program encourages students to consider human needs for safety and comfort as well as the relationship between architecture and place. Inspired by the program, the Design It: Shelter Competition opens Wright’s challenge to the world by asking participants to design an ideal shelter in a location of their choice and in response to that location. “We hope this competition will raise awareness of the role that architecture and design can play in everyday life while stimulating a sense of joy for design,” said van der Leer.

to the competition´s website

seen at ArchDaily

Fri 8.5.

‘WheelLY by Zo_loft

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 08.05.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'WheelLY' by Zo_loft

'WheelLY' expanded by Zo_loft

During the Milan Design Week the Italian group of architects Zo_loft presented a mobile shelter for homeless or urban nomads. ‘WheelLY’ consistes of a rolling aluminium frame, round tent poles – these are the stable and supporting elements – and two expandable polyester tents. The bottom of the tent is made of insulating neoprene.

Inside 'WheelLY'

Inside 'WheelLY'

Packed together ‘WheelLY’ can easily rolled and pushed around. Reflecting flanges make it even safe for the city traffic. The inside of the frame provides storage for up to 250 pounds of personal items.

'WheelLY' packed together

'WheelLY' packed together

With ‘WheelLY’ Zo_loft presents another example of their research on alternative architecture and design.

to the Zo_loft website