Shelters

ArchitectDAVID TAPIAS

CollaboratorsRICARD PAU, CARLOS GONZALVO, DANIEL CHAPMAN

FabricationFUSTES SEBASTIÀ

AssemblyRICARD PAU, ERIC MORA, MARC FAIGES, ESTEBAN SERRANO, JORDI ADELL, DAVID TAPIAS

Weight3900 kgs

Year2015

PhotographJOSÉ HEVIA, DAVID TAPIAS

Exoshelter

We need a construction that can be easily transported to its remote location, and that will leave no trace when we move to a new camp. The closest material available for those purposes is pine wood from the Pyrenees. This is the first iteration of our Blockhut system.

This simple and sophisticated blockhouse construction system is made with CNC robots in order to achieve a more efficient use of timber, more water and air tight walls and roofs, with a more ventilated and sunlit interior, that can be easily assembled in a day, and disassembled, moved and reassembled after some years. Bringing wood properties to the limit so all joints are brought together by geometry, with no nails, screws or bolts, achieving a totally off-the-grid, decomposable, self-regulating cabin.

The ex situ construction was carried from Fustes Sebastià’s timberyard in Rialp (catalan Pyrenees) to the closest road on a truck. Then on a tractor to the base of the mountain. From that flat point we carried by hand all the pieces to their higher sites. An exhausting transit up and down the hill, under the August sun. Three days later all structures were assembled.

This system can be applied to different sizes, types and functions. A hut, a vivouac shelter, a compost box and an outhouse have also been manufactured.

Guest hut.

Guest hut.

Vivouac.

Compost.

Outhouse.

22 July 2020

22 July 2020

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20 June 2021

20 June 2021

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