tianhua + tongji university shape marginal house from helmets
tianhua + tongji university shape marginal house from helmets tianhua + tongji university shape marginal house from helmets
jan 08, 2014

tianhua + tongji university shape marginal house from helmets

tianhua + tongji university stack helmets into marginal house
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shanghai-based tianhua architects and tongji university have built a simple pitched roof structure using bright yellow helmets as part of the ‘marginal living’ project. currently installed at the ‘border warehouse’ for the bi-city biennale of urbanism\architecture in shenzhen, the ‘helmet house’ is connected to two identically shaped volumes, each made using different materials. the structures represent three types of lifestyles of those existing on the fringe or edge of mainstream society. in response to the millions of people in china who are unable to inhabit conventional buildings, the main idea was to demonstrate these living conditions through visual, acoustic and tactile experiences in an attempt to help bridge this gap. the subversive use of typical safety hardware – usually adorned during the process of constructing a building – becomes in this case the main component. stacked on top of one another the pieces are thread through a metal framework, which is concealed from the exterior. visitors are invited to wander into the house and learn more about the ‘marginal living’ project through video projections displayed on the interior.



the installation explores the idea of living on the ‘edge’ of mainstream society
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the commonly adorned safety hardware becomes the main component of the building
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helmets are stacked on top of one another to form the structure
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installation view of the three dwellings
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the structure is connected to three similar volumes as part of the ‘marginal living’ project
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