PROJECTS

MOJAVE DESERT TEMPORARY SHELTER

Temporary, off-the-grid shelter for the Mojave Desert built from reclaimed materials that can withstand the extreme climactic conditions of the desert.

Awarded the first prize in an international design competition for an off-the-grid, temporary shelter for the Mojave Desert. The project has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, and was exhibited at "High Desert Test Sites 4" in Joshua Tree, Ca and at the "gardenLAb" exhibit curated by Fritz Haeg at the Art Center College of Design.


SECOND LIFE

The short-term nature of a temporary shelter implies waste. PVC pipe has an almost indefinite lifespan, yet this part of America's waste stream is rarely recycled.

This adaptable pavilion is constructed of reclaimed PVC pipes. The voids in the pipes provide for air circulation, insulation and storage space for camping gear and personal electronics.


ROOF OASIS / NIGHT BLOOM

The operable, wing-like roof can be opened at night to allow for sleeping bag stargazing.

An off-the-shelf, flexible photovoltaic panel can be used to re-charge your phone and run the low-voltage L.E.D. lighting at night.


STUFF INSULATION

The re-purposed PVC pipe forms a structure that can adapt to the bioclimatic extremes of the Mojave Desert, where temperatures fluctuate from 0°F to over 120°F.

The PVC tubes act as integral storage compartments for camping gear, integral seating and provide ventilation in the desert heat. Low-tech, retractable canvas panels block winter winds and provide privacy.


COMMUNAL CAMP

Geometric group configurations form a modern campfire glow.

Clusters of the shelters can accommodate different sized parties, while being organized to support desired activities. Operable fabric panels provide both privacy and insulation. 


TEAM

Environments Design: Strawn + Sierralta

Competition Jury: 
David Erman, Designer, founder of servo and davidclovers
Stephen Kinder, Graphic Designer, Stephen Kinder Design Partnership
Stephanie Smith, Architect, founder of JT Homesteader
Andrea Zittel, Artist
Christopher James, Artist
 

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