as part of a wider project to improve beach facilities in puerto baquerizo moreno — a town which forms the capital of the galapagos islands — the scarcity and creativity studio (SCS) has built a bamboo shelter. the structure, which was constructed in just over two weeks, provides shade from the region’s hot sun as well as three open air showers for beach visitors.

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all images courtesy of the scarcity and creativity studio

 

 

members of the scarcity and creativity studio — a design and build organization within the oslo school of architecture and design — arrived in the galapagos to find that the project they intended to construct had been cancelled. however, as the team had both financing and time, they approached several local institutions with a view to completing a project.

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the shelter was constructed in just over two weeks

 

 

eventually, the studio chose to construct a shelter on playa man, the region’s largest beach. SCS organized an internal architectural competition, with individual projects presented until a final design was chosen. as the team had already purchased bamboo for the cancelled project, it made sense to reuse the material as the main structure for the new scheme. bamboo grows naturally in the galapagos, and can be used in construction just four years after planting. in addition, many details developed for the original design were re-used for the shelter.

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the structure provides shade from the region’s hot sun

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three open air showers are provided for beach visitors

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the project is part of a wider initiative to improve beach facilities in the region

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the structure is predominantly made from bamboo

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many details developed for the original design were re-used for the shelter

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bamboo grows naturally in the galapagos, and can be used in construction just four years after planting

 

 

project info:

 

architects: the scarcity and creativity studio (SCS)
project: playa man, shade shelter
client: municipality of san cristobal, galapagos
location: puerto baquerizo moreno, san cristobal, galapagos

 

student team: åsmund amandus steinsholm, cecilia sundt, guro langemyhr, jan kazimierz godzimirski, magdalena georgieva alfredova, magnus hermstad, synnøve solberg, jørgen joacim høy, therese andrea nygaard, torunn oland stjern, vilde vanberg, viola ulrika kristin svens, wilma hiemstra, yaohan yu
teachers: christian hermansen cordua, solveig sandness and joseph kennedy
collaborators: torgeir blaalid and finn-erik nilsen
sponsors: lund & slaatto, nordic, MAD, 4b arkitekter as, økaw arkitekter, byggindustrien, astrup og hellern, LPO, lund hagem, flakk

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