Non-Generic Shelter

Non-Generic Shelter

Student Author: 
Di Wang & Howard Won
Date: 
June 2015
Supervisor(s): 
Maya Przybylski

For a mountain climber, a trip to a nearby mountain trail or cliff is not a mere adventure. It is a ritual; an event in which the routine is conducted by the performer to escape from the urban, sophisticated environment and rediscover his/her experience with nature. He/she specifically chooses the mountain cliffs to perform this activity and not a convenient recreation centre. In doing so, the experience is much more exemplified and this tactile engagement allows a much more explicit and direct interaction with the cliff surface.

What we wish to explore in this project is specifically that tactile experience. Situated on a cliff located near the Rattlesnake Point Trail, our proposal consists of a sequence of “pods” that act as vehicles for the mountain climbers to “reflect” on their ritual at the end of the day. Orchestrated through the notion of movement, This tactility is facilitated by a façade system which enhouses modular louvres that moves in correspondence to the details negative and positive surfaces of the cliff surface. The pods themselves, suspended by a three-way pulley system that rests its primary structures on a stone wall already existent on the site, descend vertically as the mountain climber occupies the space and initiate his/her reflection.