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Shelter

Standard Architecture Design produced one of the more practical looking shelters (Photo: G...

A total of 14 Los Angeles-based architecture firms, including Perkins and Will and HOK, were recently tasked with designing small outdoor cat shelters for charity. The works were then displayed for one night only last week to raise money for FixNation: a non-profit organization dedicated to minimizing cat populations through humane, non-lethal, methods.  Read More

The Jero yurt, by Scottish company Trakke

Ancient nomadic people knew a thing or two about living off-grid, so it makes sense that Scottish company Trakke drew on the traditional Central Asian yurt for inspiration when designing a modern shelter. The Jero yurt can serve as an extra bedroom, a basic off-grid dwelling, or a glamping retreat. The company also says it's towable by bike and can be assembled in a few hours without any tools.  Read More

The Rabot Tourist Cabin, by Norwegian architecture firm JVA (Photo: Einar Aslaksen)

Norwegian architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter (JVA) recently completed a cabin situated some 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level in Norway's rugged Okstindan mountain range. The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many official DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins scattered around the country, and shelters hikers from the harsh local weather conditions.  Read More

Jeffry’s House, by architect Thomas O’Brien and artist Emily Mannion (Photo: Emily Mannion...

One could be forgiven for taking the view that the Irish countryside cannot be improved upon with the addition of any man-made structure. That said, you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a shelter more sympathetic to its surroundings than Jeffry's House, a rural installation by architect Thomas O’Brien and artist Emily Mannion that's located at Ards Forest Park, Co. Donegal  Read More

The B-And-Bee, by Belgian company Achilles Design (Photo: B-And-Bee)

Each year, millions of people head to their festival of choice with tent and sleeping bag in hand. Belgian company Achilles Design aims to bring those festival goers a little extra comfort – and save space too – with its honeycomb-shaped B-And-Bee shelter.  Read More

The Forest Retreat, by Czech firm Uhlik Architekti (Photo: Jan Kudej)

Forest-based shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely are they smaller, nor do they take their place amongst their surroundings better, than the aptly-named Forest Retreat by Czech firm Uhlik Architekti. The Central Bohemia-based project serves as a remote bolt hole for its Prague owner.  Read More

PowerCube is deployed as a shipping container and morphs into a power stations, communicat...

It was seven years ago that Ecosphere Technologies revealed its first iteration of a self-contained relief unit to provide power, water and shelter to disaster-struck areas. The company has since been busy refining the system's form and function and now announces the completion of what it says to be the world's largest deployable solar power generator. Capable of generating 15 kW of electricity, PowerCube is transported as a standard shipping container and can morph into a shelter, water treatment plant and communications base all with a push of a button.  Read More

The mobile pod offers entry through seven TT tailgate-equipped doorways

Not long after it revealed the Q3 camping tent, Audi has presented another car-inspired living space. Developed by industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the TT Pavilion blends parts and design cues from the Audi TT into a futuristic field shelter.  Read More

The Lookout, by architectural students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler (Photo: Ross Campbel...

Two Scottish architectural students recently designed and built a novel observation point that sports a reflective facade in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland. The Lookout offers a quiet place from which to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, and boasts views of Loch Voil and Loch Doine.  Read More

The Compact Shelter designed by Alastair Pryor pops up and down in less than two minutes

Young Australian humanitarian and social entrepreneur, Alastair Pryor has created a foldable crisis relief shelter for disaster victims and the housing displaced. Dubbed Compact Shelter, the portable dwelling boasts an innovative design that is simple to use, collapsible and lightweight. What's more it pops up and down in less than two minutes  Read More

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