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Shelter for "ONE"

Rodrigo Jeronimo Molina Rueda / Mexico

Describe a marginalized person you choose.

  • Age   22 yrs old

  • Sex   Male

  • The person’s major condition you are trying to deal with.

1. Mental health issues in the context of urban behavior.

2. Shame and insecurity as a marginal behavior to supress mayor mental illnesses. As a result, lack of social
belonging and breakdown risks at least.

3. A panic attack, an anxiety lapse, or simply and overwhelming situation.

  • Describe the design intent for the chosen person.

1. If a shelter for the body is enclosed, I believe a shelter for the soul should be open. Yet more important
a shelter for a troubled mind should be vulnerable. This can not be a shelter for "one". Isolation is not the
answer por mental illneses nor is it for social dynamics.

2. Vulnerability and risk play crucial roles not only in marginal groups, but in mental health.
Thus, by redirecting the axis of 4 walls which compose an enclosed room, context is filtered and
deluded with semi transparent white fabric panels that stretch the space.

3. The shelter is held entirely by industrial cut and low price wooden boards with a counter weight at the bottom.
Closing the structure reinforcements at 3.6mts height and a total space of 12m2 let this be a landmark for anyone
in need. A checkpoint on the way home. A filter for the city.

4. Architecture will never solve any mental illness, but it shure can offer shelter for the occasion.

 

 

Design Statement

Landmark for the mentally ill.


Which worse
marginal gro up than the one conformed by a single person alone.
Even more, which better subject to study than one self.
22yrs old, male.
Social anxiety, panic attacks and bipolar disorder.
Throughout the creative process I´
ve come to admit that this isn ´t a topic most w ould talk about. Even
worse. I know this is a sickness that drives the wealthiest of us to death. No warnings, no support
groups just our own broken mind.


In words of Andrew Freear from Rural Studio: “Dig your own hills..."

 


If a shelter for the body is enclosed, I believe a shelter for the soul should be open. Yet more important a shelter for a troubled mind should be vulnerable. This cannot be a shelter for "one". Because isolation is not the answer to mental illnesses nor is it for social dynamics.
Thus, by redirecting the axis of 4 walls which compose an enclosed room, context is filtered and
deluded with semitransparent white fabric panels that stretch the space.


The space is divided in 9 modules of 0.90m2 each, where 12 wooden columns rise to be intersected with horizontal supports where fabric panels are stretched and attached.
Each column is composed by 2 wooden boards compressing the rest of the horizontal structures.


Altogether, columns, horizontal supports, enclosure and foundation (floor structure) are built by industrial-cut wooden boards of low cost and measurements (1”x4”x12´) (1”x8”) (4”x4”) respectively with a “machimbra” technique being primarily jointed and rested, (resulting in clean joints) reinforcing the structure with 2” nails.
The semi-transparent fabric panels (white spandex) are nailed along the structure and stretched to divide the inner space while creating a filter from the surroundings for the senses. Approximately 25 meters of fabric and 36 whole pieces of wood come to replace labor, time and cost of otherwise solid materials.


Closing the structure reinforcements at 3.6mts height and a total space of 12m2 let this be a landmark for anyone in need. A checkpoint on the way home. A filter for the city.


Architecture may never solve any mental illnesses, and there´s always someone who has it worse. But I hope this can offer shelter for the occasion...