IK studio and CHRN produce APoC low-cost emergency shelter for the homeless IK studio and CHRN produce APoC low-cost emergency shelter for the homeless
nov 16, 2014

IK studio and CHRN produce APoC low-cost emergency shelter for the homeless

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.

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
interior view 

 

 

 

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.

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
exterior view in an urban setting 

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
detail of curving plywood

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
rendering in nature 

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
view looking up through the oculus at night

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
rendered section

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
the proposal in a city

 

IK studio APoC canadian homelessness research network toronto canada
(left) interior panels
(right) exterior panels

 

 

project info:

 

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

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • a triumph of form over function
    let them eat cake

    peter maclean says:
  • Another poor mans shelter that no one can afford to build except rich architects. Shame!.

    bilbaggins says:
  • Come on ? A Shelter ? Does it prevent from rain or cold ? No ? That’s not a shelter. I don’t even understand the purpose.

    Frédéric Maupin says:
  • Looks like a sculpture to me.

    Paolo Bartoli says:

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