This small shelter may look like a rock from certain angles but the purpose and process by ADAPA (adapting architecture) was worth documenting.  ADAPA is a research minded architectural office in Denmark with focus on challenging designs and consultancy for the digital production of complex designs.  Their slogan is to make buildable complex designs and make complex designs buildable.

The idea for this project came as ADAPA was introduced to some recent attempts to develop a flexible mould for concrete casting. “New ways to produce thin double curved concrete shells” was already the working title for the project.  After discovering problems in previous attempts to produce useful results, a simple design was configured to craft a full scale shelter.  Since the primary focus would be that of structure and construction using a flexible mould, a simple piece of architecture was desirable as a showcase. ADAPA focused on a project where they could cover “all aspects of building – from the design of form work and building to the execution on the actual site, and needed a demonstration site in preferably picturesque settings.”

The result of these parameters was a shelter that offered different alternatives for spending the night when experiencing the park from a kayak route along the coast. The focus became a shelter that combines functionality with aesthetic properties in a new way, in comparison to traditional wooden shelters. Concrete was the medium, which allowed for sculptural freedom and durability.

More construction process and dilemmas they faced at http://adapa.dk/2011/03/shelter-construction-progress/

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  1. This technology is very interesting in its ability to subdivide complex geometries into more constructible components. One could imagine this being used to build a complex facade (or unique performance-based structural system) in more manageable sizes. This could allow assemblies to largely be made in off-site locations and transported in. In fact, the paneling facade on Zaha’s Olympic Pool for 2012, was subdivided by ARUP in such a way that it could be transported on trucks.

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