Shelter

  • This elevated take on a cabin in the woods was influenced by such disparate sources as children's book regulars the Moomins, A-frame lodges, and electricity towers. Located in a forest in Norway, it's currently available for rent.
  • Istanbul-based architecture firm SO? says that its city would be lacking in land suitable for emergency housing in the event of a major earthquake. In response, the firm has conceived a prototype floating shelter that has an interesting folding design.
  • For about 8 years, Above All C6(n) has been designing sustainable structures for use in the construction industry. The firm's most recent project is a temporary shelter made from recycled plastic that's designed for use at music festivals, sporting events or as homeless or crisis accommodation.
  • 2018 has been an interesting year for residential architecture, with advances in tech and sustainable building practices resulting in many great homes. We've narrowed them down to 10 favorites, including a starchitect-designed luxury house, a 3D-printed mud hut, and a sustainable hobbit hole.
  • During a recent Beijing event focused on the future of housing, OPEN Architecture and Xiaomi unveiled a tiny shelter for Mars. It's all very conceptual and there's no suggestion the dwelling will actually be installed on the Red Planet, but it's interesting to see architects tackle the idea.
  • We've been following the work of Italian 3D-printing firm WASP (World's Advanced Saving Project) for some time but its latest creation is its most fascinating to date. It consists of a 3D-printed mud hut that was produced for just €900 (roughly US$1,000).
  • This charming little beach hut in England named the Spy Glass is designed to look like an oversized pair of old-fashioned coin-fed binoculars. It rests atop a turntable that rotates it 180 degrees, allowing its occupants to change the view to suit.
  • Rather than packing a hammock, a tent and a tarp on your travels, Church Outdoor Gear has now unwrapped the Walden Hammock, with a unique shape that lets it transform into several types of shelter as quick as the weather changes.
  • Man's best friend is finally getting some architect-designed digs, courtesy of well-known firms, including Zaha Hadid Design and Studio Octopi. The dog shelters will be sold at auction to raise money for Britain's Blue Cross animal charity.
  • ​3D printing has been finding a foothold in architecture over the last few years, with an office going up in Dubai, a tiny house printed in Russia and a cheap shelter layered from clay and straw by WASP's Big Delta. Now WinSun Construction has revealed the world's first 3D-printed bus shelter.​
  • Alice Bleton studied living spaces intended for keeping humans alive in extreme conditions, like mountain huts and submarines, when creating the Monade Capsule. The shelter would be installed on the edge of a building's roof to let office workers enjoy some peace and quiet while taking in the view.
  • Canada's Studio North recently designed and built this appealing little A-frame shelter that sleeps up to two people. Named Birdhut, it's located in a forested garden in British Columbia, Canada, and features a novel facade that sports a dozen birdhouses designed to house a variety of local birds.