With many of these huts currently unused, the designer looked at recuperating this particular hideout’s existing structure while optimising the interior volume. Delás maximised the area through the introduction of light, views and made-to-measure furniture with multiple uses.
All of the interventions and furniture pieces have been self-built to explore, learn and perfect the use of different materials and options. Benches, tables and stools are made by assembling the traditional mares pieces, bringing the characteristically traditional facade into the inside.
Following the self-building and exploration philosophy, facilities within the retreat are conceived in a way that work independently to the space they serve with the intent to be carried out by the individual. These MEP devices are envisioned to work on 12 volts to ensure fire hazard safety is adhered to, as the surroundings are very dry, and to promote a less energy consumption lifestyle. It also allowed for battery portability and electronic exploration to be explored.
Standing in the middle of a pine yard, the refuge is not rich in sunlight, so Delás devised – wait for it – a solar wheelbarrow! Acting as a morning ritual the wheelbarrow optimises the position of the sun to charge the inside power banks and batteries. All inside electrical components are made with small batteries so that they are portable and can be charged from the power banks that are charged at the solar wheelbarrow.
Lights and fans are made with 9-volt rechargeable batteries that can easily be charged by using the sun. A bigger power bank and some electrical scooter 12-volt batteries are also in use for charging laptops, the water pump and other heavier load components.
The solar wheelbarrow serves as a prototype and emblem of the beginning of tomorrow’s mobile charging stations that epitomize the future of mobile living. Once high capacity batteries become lighter, the power grid and installations can travel with the user and not be fixed into the architecture, making and creating a new revolution of nomad living, where energy is portable and disassociated from the space its serves.
In what can only be a good thing for mankind, these updated temporary dwellings act as a refuge (excuse the play on words) from the bustling and fast pace of urban life.
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