These two words: nomadic and shelter, reflect the very needs of the people from Nordic traditions. The intervention is to create a very simple prototype shelter for fire, sleep and meetings. A playful sequence of functional spaces is created using the module of an inhabitable wooden box.

stacking gif

These wooden boxes, designed to the dimensions of an optimal comfortable area for sleeping and seating, are stacked around the fire as a sleeping shelter, opening new possibilities of gathering and living. Like in vernacular Lávvu tents the fire becomes the heating core and defines the natural reason to meet with others, triggering conversations across various levels of the building. The shelter is meant to be temporary, easy to transport, expand or mass produce, not only hosting nomads, but being nomadic itself.

nomadic shelter photo from a distance

The building system of has been optimized by using only two modular boxes: 2,40 x 1,20 x 0,80 m and 3,20 x 1,20 x 0,80 m. Thirteen boxes are stacked on top of each other using only manpower and then secured together with screws and straps, reaching a height of 4,80 m and safely accommodating up to 12 people.

nomadic shelter photo by the fire

nomadic shelter section 2


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Project info

name: Nomadic shelter
date: June 2014
location: Sandhornøya, Norway

type: SALT Siida design & build workshop
size: 12m2, hosting up to 12 people
materials: wood, plastic tarp

team: Piotr Paczkowski, Josep Garriga, Benny Kwok, Mihai Mardare, Simon Bengtsson
tutoring: Sami Rintala, Joar Nango, Roger Mullin, Alberto Altés, Håvard Arnhoff
photographs: Piotr Paczkowski