malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
photo by laurent garbit
all images courtesy of malka architecture

 

 

 

stéphane malka of malka architecture has constructed a series of vertical stealth shelters existing in legal ambiguity across the façade of a railway viaduct in marseille, france. with levels of homelessness increasing throughout the country, ‘a-kamp47’ provides protection for the community’s marginalized, and serves as a catalyst for public debate and discussion.

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
the scheme is comprised of twenty-three individual units
photo by laurent garbit

 

 

 

comprised of twenty-three separate units, the project utilizes the mobile and lightweight characteristics of a pop-up tent, while at the same time unifying the individual structures in order to protect against cold weather and vandalism. a socially and politically charged scheme, the design questions whether this vertical plot is public or private property, inhabiting a previously unoccupied space.

 

‘a-kamp47’ is taken from petit pari(s) a book by malka architecture released in january 2014.

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
the umbrella shaped shelters are aligned with the railway viaduct wall
photos by laurent garbit

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
each of the 23 units is insulated with an isothermal blanket, and strengthened with an elasticated mesh
photo by laurent garbit

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
the design questions whether the vertical plot is public or private property
photo by laurent garbit

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
unifying the individual structures protects against cold weather and vandalism
photo by laurent garbit

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
it is hoped that ‘a-kamp47’ will generate public debate on the topics of housing and social welfare
photos by laurent garbit

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
the project utilizes the mobile and lightweight characteristics of a pop-up tent
photo by laurent garbit

 

 

malka architecture erects a-kamp47 stealth shelters from tents
‘a-kamp47’ fully illuminated at night
photo by laurent garbit

 

 

project info:

 

location: marseille, france
completed: 2013
client: red plexus / préavis de désordre urbain.christine bouvier curator
team: magdalena pietrzyk, valentine finet, lorenzo quaccia, damla toker, pauline jatteau, ulysse bouvier
photography: laurent garbit