Architect: LAVA Location: Sydney, Australia Photographs: Courtesy of LAVA This project attempts to answer how can architects help quickly, efficiently, sustainably and sensitively after a disaster strikes? LAVA’s solution is an origami cave. LAVA’s Digital Origami Emergency Shelter is a concept for an inhabited molecule. The design is based on a water-molecule, referencing the Japanese Metabolist movement’s idea of prefabricated capsules as living space. The base molecule can be shipped as a flat pack, cut out of local plywood, or dropped off by a helicopter. The interior can then be carved out of wood, cardboard, newspapers or other locally available materials. Chris Bosse said: ‘the project plays with ideas of prefabrication and personalized inhabitation, as well as stacking of multiple units, while giving an opportunity for individual expression.
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