17.09.2010 - PERTH // PAVILION PROJECT – COMPETITION
“The project brief was as follows:
You must create an exciting and original structure employing ‘green’ technologies and principles to solve the urgent need for shelter in remote areas and communities at times of disaster or distress.
Through innovative and challenging design that transcends, extends and critiques current building practices, the winning Pavilion Project entry will present a viable solution to providing economical and environmentally friendly shelter by fusing art and architecture.
The pavilion should be:
deliverable, when mass produced, to developing countries for a maximum cost of US$12,000 (AUD$14,700)
about 100sqm in size.
To ensure we have diversity of approach and encourage creative thinking the brief is consciously open – the only requirement is that it provides shelter.
It is the challenge of applicants to push the boundaries of innovative design to produce architecture that not only provides an economical shelter for areas of need, but also responds directly to specific sites and uses readily available local materials.
The pavilion will need to be to be assembled by non-skilled workers and, in some circumstances, without power or lifting gear, so constructability needs to be a consideration. Designs should demonstrate innovative thinking and sustainable practices.”
more info at competition website
The inspiration for this project comes from the traditional mongolian dwelling ,the “yurt”, a sort of portable house made by wood and fabrics.
We propose to use a modern strong fabric to built the modern “yurt” to be well protected from the sun,the wind, the rain.
In the middle we have an heavy core with a doube function : technical and structural.
Once it is built , can produce some energy , and drinkable water .
This shelter it’s also very quik to build , with the help of few people .
Is possible to regulate the air flow by opening and closing the shutters.
It’s very easy to delivery , becouse we can fold the fabric making a small pack.
integration of sustainable strategies
The shelter has a funnel on the roof and a water tank inside , to provide a supply of water.
Four solar cells modules on the top , produce the energy for other needs, like a light or a radio.
The microclimate inside can be regulated by opening/closing the air diaphragm on the wooden ring and/or opening/closing the external wind shutters. The air flow works like in a chimnay .
Part of the materials can be provided locally ,and are very common : bamboo and rattan . That could mean a lower construction cost , and also less impact on the environment.
That typology of shelter it’s very quik to build , with the help of few people .
The production of tensioned fabric structure (typical of temporary pavilons), is today , a consolidate approach ,and we have many producers . Moreover , optimizing the project , developing the details , the construction could be more and more easyer in order to be assembled by non-skilled workers without power or lifting gear .
The design test a possible evolution of an archetype.
The result is very clear , made by simple elements that connote the space without rhetoric , it puts in concrete form the vision of a better world .
This pavilon can be built everywhere , sent everywhere . We have the tecnology to do it and to do it cheap and efficient.