24 gen 2013

Temporary Fire Shelter in Copenaghen, by Shjworks

The project Fire Shelter by Danish firm Shjworks consist of a built structure, located in Sydhavnstippen - Copenhagen, and an open letter.
"The starting point for the design emerged from a fascination of the place. It´s a temporary project and a design experiment that wish to celebrate the place. The project has public access, and it establishes experiences of spatial and social character. In the creation of it nobody has been asked of advice, neither has it been possible for anyone to tell his or her opinion. It is simply thought of as a gift."

Sydhavnstippen is an amazing place by a 20-minute bike ride from the city center. After the second world war it became landfilled with building materials, until 1973. Today it is a habitat for a variety of animals, since the landfill plants, bushes and trees have taken over the area. The “wild” appearance of the nature on top of the building materials, which are visible some places, makes you think of a “post-apocalyptic” nature.

Fire Shelter was totally constructed and conceived by Shjworks and the people that helped, that wished to act independently. If bureaucracy had been taken into account, the project probably wouldn’t have happened.

The shelter is a unique and specific project. It is realized with plywood floor, polycarbonate structure and all the different parts are fabricated using CNC technology. Inside is a fire place surrounded by a bench filled with building materials found on the site. It´s about being in the company of good friends, in a fantastic place, around a fire during the dark time of the year.
The design influenced by the vernacular buldings of ethnic and nomadic people, consisting in a shape stretching around the sky, one hole in the top and two openings at the bottom create a flow of ventilation. After dusk the light from the fire will shine through to the exterior, alluding to old time lighthouses.
Hopefully the shelter can stand for a year.

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photo credit Simon Hjermind Jensen and Christian Bøcker Sørensen

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