IK studio + CHRN produce APoC low-cost emergency shelter for the homeless
all images courtesy of IK studio
the canadian homelessness research network (CHRN) estimates that 30,000 citizens are homeless every night, and at least 200,000 experience the condition in any given year. this caused the toronto non-profit organization to take action, enlisting IK studio to produce a low-cost emergency shelter, one that would transcend social stigma or public blight and provide a place for recreation when constructed in parks and playgrounds.
the resulting architectural prototype capsule, or ‘APoC’, is a temporary pavilion whose geometry was generated from a truncated sphere. the massing was then divided into double-curvature components that are sized for easy transport. tessellation was avoided, as stiffness would not be achieved without a secondary structural frame to support the planar panels. instead, each plate is engineered from laminated birchwood that must be warped by two people into a stable and strong double-layer shell. the outer surface overlaps with the system of the inner enclosure so that the shelter is a self-supporting monocoque.
exterior view in an urban setting
detail of curving plywood
rendering in nature
view looking up through the oculus at night
the proposal in a city
(left) interior panels
(right) exterior panels
project name: architectural prototype capsule (APoC)
location: toronto, canada
client: canadian homelessness research network
design/build team: mariana ibanez, simon kim (principals), ben ruswick, ki-moon kim
CNC fabrication: R & R woodwork