| Author: James Furzer
| Project Report:
Constructed from Timber ‘A-Frames’ and polycarbonate sheets, the shelter arrives flat packed, easily transportable and constructible. Held in situ by scaffold poles the ‘A-Frames’ create a series of truss supports that house a series of hammocks. This can be a singular shelter, or if required, it has the ability to house multiple individuals.
The polycarbonate panels provide an insulated shell that allows great light transmittance. This is vital to a key feature of the shelter. Within the skin of the shelter, are a series of LED lights, powered with solar panels. These lights allow the shelters to glow when unoccupied creating a street lamp to not only look great, but to aid moving around the site that has been destroyed and no doubt holds many hazards. When occupied, the lights are set to a mild glow to continue aiding movement around the settlement without disrupting the occupants.
Due to the nature of the construction, the shelters are easily adaptable. The concept allows a continued stacking behind one another to create an elongated shelter if required. The floor plates can be either solid of grilles. It is recommended, where flooding may arise, that a grille floor is used, to allow water to flow around the shelter. Without causing damage or risk of washing the shelters away.
The beacon can become a homeless beach hut, providing homeless or rough sleeping individuals a place of security and shelter. With current homeless numbers rising dramatically, it can be classified as a crisis. The huts acting once again as beacons in the area for security and aesthetics.
The huts can be constructed individually for under £1000, with an unlimited lifespan. The simple construction allows users to construct them themselves, along with dismantling and relocating if the situation arises. Easily powered by solar panels, a heater can be installed, and the polycarbonate sheet doubled, to create a U-Value close to current UK building regulations.