While searching the internet for ‘Origami, modular shelters’ we came across a project called Shelter by Andrew Chadwick – a structure consisting of triangular, cardboard modules adapted from the geometry of Architect Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome; ‘The work is a retreat from the world in which an individual is able to feel cocooned and protected. ‘Shelter’ is a space which offers a temporary freedom from productive activity, where we are able to expand our imagination. For Chadwick, it should be viewed as a mental laboratory space for an individual to generate ideas. Whilst appearing functionless (in the artist’s words, it is “a sculpture, not a ‘useful’ space”) ‘Shelter’ is a room clearly set aside for contemplation. Chadwick’s central aim is “to build a private thinking space: an empty space in which to focus”. His title directs us towards generic ideas of dwelling: it leaves open the range of associations we are able to bring’ (http://www.ngca.co.uk/docs/Andrew%20Chadwick.pdf).
The simplicity of construction is quite beautiful, and the use of cardboard for the triangular modules echoes parameters set within our own studio brief – that the kitset shelter must incorporate materials sourced from the domestic interior; I’m pretty sure everyone has more than a few cardboard boxes lying around at home!
Thinking that a modular cardboard Geodesic Dome may be an avenue to explore with regards to our own shelter design, we started searching the internet for other examples….
Oscar Tuazon ‘Coming Soon’ 2002