sean godsell architects: picnic table house
 
sean godsell architects: picnic table house
jun 24, 2010

sean godsell architects: picnic table house

australian firm sean godsell architects was one of 19 firms to design a concept for the 1:1 architects build small spaces exhibition currently on display at the V & A, london. the ‘picnic table house’ is a picnic table during the day that converts into a homeless shelter at night. the table top folds down and is supported on the bench seats to make a roof. a woven stainless steel mattress and protective frame is supported between the legs of the table. survival kits, packed remotely by volunteer workers or emergency relief agencies can be locked into position under the bench seats either side of the mattress. the survival kits would contain separately food, bedding, hot drinks, a light and a first aid kid.

sean godsell architects: picnic table house
model of  ‘picnic table house’

 

 

once emptied a survival pack becomes secure stowage while sleeping. the picnic table house would be the next in a series of prototypes produced by my office. future shack is an emergency house made from recycled shipping containers, park bench house is a park bench during the day and a basic bed and shelter at night and bus shelter house is a bus shelter until public transport stops for the night. it converts into a bed and the advertising hoarding houses blankets and hot drinks, as well as being a mini display space for artists who are un-represented by a gallery.  the architects are currently working on the dignified rubbish bin which is a bin that has a food container that allows restaurants to package and distribute leftover food to the homeless.

sean godsell architects: picnic table house
model of  ‘picnic table house’

sean godsell architects: picnic table house
drawing of  ‘picnic table house’

sean godsell architects: picnic table house
how the design converts from a picnic table to a house/shelter

sean godsell architects: picnic table house
being used as a picnic table

sean godsell architects: picnic table house
when the design is a house

sean godsell architects: picnic table house
the survival kit

 

 

1:1 architects build small spaces exhibition
victoria & albert museum, london
on now until 30 august 2010

  • while so many people post the negative comments, the homeless are laying in parks, wet and freezing cold, starving while waiting for the next meal. at least sean is one person trying to ‘change the way the homeless live’.

    MB
  • I agree with Huber and Gunter. For the homeless, this is less than perfect way to deal with the problem. However, if we were to think of this in a different way: as a means of achieving two ends. For people that tramp/hike in bush and mountainous terrain, the idea of having a table that enables one to enjoy the surroundings, while at the same time offering shelter when caught out in quickly changing weather patterns, I think would have real benefits. The table would have to be suitably modified to resist the elements, but could be achieved. With the tables locatable on GPS, would enable a cheaper alternative to more huts on various tracks. They would be able to be helicoptered onto site. They would also have to be designed to enable at least two folks to shelter. With communication devices in them, it would be readily accessible to emergency services to pick up those in need d;-)

    Jetwax
  • is this the best idea one can offer a homeless individual, to sleep under a table at night. iam sure a creative and more humane concept can be achieve, but the initiative is good.

    erd
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