Random Ideas: Is it Possible? Does it Work?

After yesterday’s desk critic, we continued the design from different aspects. Since we are still on the beginning of the design process, some of us fell into an status of uncertainty, not knowing specific direction of development. Perhaps we just seek some ideas from various sources. As Professor Pastre suggested the convertibility should be taken consideration in the design, I think we maybe we could find some inspirations from mobile homes, some pop-up installation, or even some small product design, since our project shares some similar features with them. Here are some ideas that I got in the process of the research which might help promote the convertibility of our design:

1. Folding some part of the furniture or interior parts

The example of “Strandkorb” really intrigued me and provided made me with a different aspect to develop my design.


It is a very simple way to save space for each unit. The interior parts or the furnitures could be hidden within the stand itself so that increases the mobility and portability of the stand. As some other precedent like the “Tent Cabin” by Jeff Milstein shows. (Source: Popular Science Jun 1975 “Tent Cabin”)

2. Expanding potential space by moving walls.

As a small structure project, we hope the stand itself to be as portable as possible and hopefully it could be moved by trailer or tractor when necessary.

The project “ Fred ”from the Oskar Leo Kaufmann shows that the entire space of the unit could be expanded almost twice as large as it is when the second layers of walls and roof are pulled out from the outer layer of the unit on the bars of rails which are previously set on the ground.5http://www.olkaufmann.com/work/99-fred/

Also, the expansion of space could be started from the wall panel, in that way the stand will provide some semi-open space could be used for cafe,  rest area or simply for shelter. Take another look at the prefabricated house with one side of facade which has a double-panel folding walls.cabin-on-border-so-architecture-residential-turkey-prefabricated-moving-walls_dezeen_2364_col_0




And similar ideas are used in an another self- built pavilion project, of which the moving walls are pulled up or pulled down by strings to create outdoor shelter space.made-in-oakfield-hull-matt-fiona-pupils-french-tye-_dezeen_sq1


3. Transforming the shape of the unit to provide an alternative function

Let’s see the how fold-out sauna project by Anders Berensson Architects work. It provides two solutions of functions for the project during day and night. By putting down half of the building, the shelf become a stair and the built-in bench for rest outside the wall became the structural support of the project.




This kind of strategy enable the stand to be multi-functional during different period of time. Thinking of the afternoon when we went out to Hwy 17 and saw many stands which used to sell sweet grass basket alongside the road are abandoned, I came to a thought what if the same situation happened to our project some day? This made me think if it is possible that the stand could still be used during the time when the it is closed at night or when the farmer’s market is closed for sale, or even abandoned no longer for used? Maybe the stand could also be designed as a simply a rest area, which is a basic and useful function.


Hope all of these ideas that I collected would be useful to our design development and hope all of us could moving forward well in our design in the next few days.

Look forward to seeing everyone’s presentation on next Friday!


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