Disaster strikes. How can architects help quickly, efficiently, sustainably and sensitively?
LAVA's solution was an origami cave. Based on a water-molecule, it references 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 with the interior carved out of locally available materials or dropped off by a helicopter. The project plays with ideas of prefabrication and stacking of multiple units. Each unit contains sleeping space for two adults and one child as well as 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.
A scale model featured in the Emergency Shelter exhibition, in Sydney. www.emergencyshelteraustralia.com