earth lander provides low cost, efficient housing for those in need earth lander provides low cost, efficient housing for those in need
feb 26, 2015

earth lander provides low cost, efficient housing for those in need

earth lander provides low cost, efficient housing for those in need 

 

 

 

the ‘earth lander’ is an attempt to provide an economical solution for those in need by combining ready-made items with architectural thinking. an affordable, effective homeless shelter; the form uses inter-connected umbrellas to create a geodesic dome. the design is efficient spatially and thermally, and the objects create a structurally secure water and wind-resistant skin. air-filled garbage bags and a space blanket lining help to insulate and retain heat resulting in an internal space that is completely protected and sealed from exterior conditions.


prototype: experimenting with geometry and structure


the structure uses umbrellas to create a geodesic dome 


a bottom section is connected to the dome by solder and hinged along an aluminium cylinder


hinging motion can be done by one person


space blanket insulation and inflatable window 


umbrella handles anchor the bottom cushion to the ground


the umbrellas were altered, but retain their structural integrity 


an ‘earth-lander’ inhabitant looks out of an inflatable window

 


construction process and connection between umbrellas 


creating inflatable windows


orthographic drawing of the project

 

 

 

designboom has received this project through its ‘DIY submissions’ feature, which welcomes readers to submit their own work for publication. see more designboom readers submissions here.

  • I know that tower anywhere. Thanks for posting about student projects at my Alma-mater!!!

    Also, I love umbrella structures, so I double love this housing solution! If you’ve ever been to Ithaca you know how many umbrellas get ruined. I’m happy to see their skeletons in use!

    Heather says:

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