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Shelter for Soul

Selda Pourali Behzad, Hanieh Kouchaki, Haleh Heidarabadi / Iran

 

Describe a marginalized person you choose.

  • Age   70 years old

  • Sex  Male

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

1. He is an old man about 70 years old with slim body and gray hear.

2. He had a happy life, a good family and a respectable job (greenery).

3. But unfortunately he lost his job and home because of fire and became a homeless.

  • Describe the design intent for the chosen person.

1. the Shelter is separated in two main zones: The first zone (mirror cube), which he lives in and does his routines, is more private.

2. The second zone (garden shade) is for communicating with people who wants advises from an elderly that has so much to say about his vicissitudinous life.

3. His new home has a little garden and a good view for passersby as a showcase and it’s not necessary to come out of his home entirely for selling greeneries. People walking through the park can come to visit the old man, sit under sunshade and talk to him or buy some greenery from him. But this connection happens just if the old man is able or wants to; otherwise the cardboard shelter turns around and the mirror cube transfers to backside. It means that probably the old man is praying or having a good time with his “memory wall” which remembers him: life is going on gradually.

4. We assumed memory wall for remembering good times he had in past and as central spiritual space with a ceiling light and green space for praying and relaxing.

 

Design Statement

Soul is a fine sensitive creature. When We are talking about less-cared people it becomes more delicate. The soul We considered is an elderly man who just has become homeless recently. He had a happy life with his family and a respectful typical job (greengrocer). But after his wife died and some after his children left him for studying abroad, one day his home and store burned in fire and because he didn’t have any insurance, he became homeless.


Now he needs a shelter which can support him both as a home and as a store for his subsistence. We put it in the organized part of park as homeless people use to live there. His new home has a little garden and a good view for passersby as a showcase and it’s not necessary to come out of his home entirely for selling greeneries. So the Shelter is separated in two main zones: The first zone (mirror cube), which he lives in and does his routines, is more private and great part of its material is reflex glass that he can see outside. This mirror-like pure cube tells us that it is trying to be there (park), to exist and to live freely without disturbing anyone and just shows environment in its most natural way as possible as it can. The second zone (garden shade) is for communicating with people who wants advises from an elderly that has so much to say about his vicissitudinous life. Its material is eco-friendly and recyclable cardboard which refers to homeless people and their simple life.


People walking through the park can come to visit the old man, sit under sunshade and talk to him or buy some greenery from him. But this connection happens just if the old man is able or wants to; otherwise the cardboard shelter turns around and the mirror cube transfers to backside. It means that probably the old man is praying or having a good time with his “memory wall” which remembers him: life is going on gradually.


We assumed memory wall for remembering good times he had in past and central spiritual space with a ceiling light and green space for praying and relaxing. Interior spaces (except humid section) are intersected and have no certain boundaries. If it’s necessary to limit a space, the curved walls can be moved through their rails. So living, praying, reading and sleeping zones as well as memory wall and closet are in one box but have their own regional limits. We prepared a rail in height of the old man’s size for helping him walking and standing near walls and it’s continued in entire space inside the home. The proposed material of furniture is smooth elastic composed of cardboard and gelatin that can help for having softer surface that is suitable for his body and a hopeful place for his soul.