Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Digital Origami Shelter opens tonight

When disaster strikes how can architects help quickly, efficiently, sustainably and sensitively?

LAVA's solution is an origami cave. It features in a new exhibition opening in Sydney tonight.

LAVA’s Digital Origami Emergency Shelter is a concept for an inhabited molecule. The design is based on a water-molecule, referencing the Japanese Metabolist movement`s idea of prefabricated capsules as living space. 

The base molecule can be shipped as a flat pack, cut out of local plywood, or dropped off by a helicopter. The interior can then be carved out of wood, cardboard, newspapers or other locally available materials. 

Chris Bosse said: ‘the project plays with ideas of prefabrication and personalised inhabitation, as well as stacking of multiple units, while giving an opportunity for individual expression’.

Each unit contains sleeping space for two adults and one child as well as a little space for eating and reading. Battery or solar operated LED light brings the shelter to life, turning it into a lantern, a sign of hope.

The Emergency Shelter exhibition features shelters by local and international architects and will be on display at Customs House Sydney, Australia from 1-3 September 2011.

Thanks to Staging Rentals and Keystone Project Group for a great job!


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