gabriela gomes: shelter byGG gabriela gomes: shelter byGG
jun 26, 2012

gabriela gomes: shelter byGG

‘shelter byGG’ by gabriela gomes, guimarães, portugal image courtesy of joão morgado

portuguese architect gabriela gomes has conceived ‘shelter byGG’, built in guimarães, portugal. the experimental housing concept combines sculpture and architecture to create a cocoon style habitation space. the mobile module proposes one double room with integrated bathroom. the strong focus on sustainability is achieved through the use of ecological materials in its construction and solar paneling for energy generation.

the red exterior boasts a distinctive organic aesthetic which is not only directed by design but also the main constituent of the building: non-polluting and recycled cork. the interior maximizes area by the strategically placed sink and toilet hidden behind a partition with bed and shelving occupying the remaining volume. the temporary feature installation does not require any infrastructure and can be delivered to various destinations with currently available transport.

rear view of the temporary installation, made mainly of cork. image courtesy of joão morgado

the habitation is a bedroom with integrated washroom image courtesy of joão morgado

distinctive window design image courtesy of joão morgado

image courtesy of joão morgado

detail of the window design image courtesy of joão morgado

scale of housing to a person image courtesy of joão morgado

interior of the bedroom image courtesy of joão morgado

shelving is built into the space image courtesy of joão morgado

image courtesy of joão morgado

the bathroom is partitioned off image courtesy of joão morgado

the washroom has a toilet and sink image courtesy of joão morgado

render of the concept image courtesy of gabriela gomes

render within urban context as a public installation image courtesy of gabriela gomes

render demonstrating concept’s mobility image courtesy of gabriela gomes

render image courtesy of gabriela gomes

floor plan of the concept

rear view

section view

front view

  • Although there appears to be space for a water and waste tank beneath the toilet area, which does includes a shower, such items are not mentioned and therefor some sort of external water supply would appear to be needed. Further, there appears to be an amount of space underneath the bed that could be used for storage and even a wardrobe/closet could be useful in that area d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Fantastic project and photos, congratulations! The interiors feature OSB from our friends at [url=] Agepan [/url]. So cool! 🙂

    @innovusdecors says:
  • Lovely design. I’m sure the weight would be light uneough for a mid size car toe. How do you prevent the mosquitto’s entering with those windows?

    GABA says:
  • Corbu’s ‘cabanon’ comes to mind. much more practical than the exterior shape would suggest… except for the mosquitos 😉

    rich says:
  • My dorm room was bigger and more functional than this.

    Nicholaus says:
  • @Nicholaus my apartment is bigger and more functional than this. Perhaps you should have studied harder in your dorm room as I think you have completely missed the point.

    nicNok says:
  • shelter not parlor, I’d design one if: being drunk and stinking were lucky charms

    XYMVU says:
  • Hmmm. Wet cork and windows with no screens. Not certain that the designer wasn’t so enamored of the concept that the thought of function was lost.
    I don’t see how the shape and materials are justified.
    Also, I am going to be ill if I hear the word ‘sustainable’ again. I am unforgiving of any project that claims to be sustainable. It carries about as much weight as the word ‘exclusive’ My apologies to the designer(s) for being so curt but I think it takes guts to ‘publish’ something like this and one should expect negative reviews.
    What galls me is that this is so transparently a pretty thing and not at all functional.
    Oh, and it is ‘sustainable’. Please

    Ron Smith says:

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