The Chameleon Cabin is a tiny, temporary house in Sweden constructed out of corrugated paper. The structure’s material resembles black marble on one side and white marble on the other. When viewed from one angle, it appears completely black, but when viewed from a slightly different angle, it appears completely white.
The Chameleon Cabin’s walls and gabled roof were constructed with 95 paper modules that were fitted together using a simple system of tabs and slots. The interior of the cabin is painted bright yellow, in sharp contrast to the temporary building’s black and white exterior. The three-meter house was designed according to the style of a Swedish friggebod, a small cottage-like structure that is popular in the country because it does not require planning approval.
The Chameleon Cabin was designed by Mattias Lind of Swedish design firm White Arkitekter in collaboration with branding agency Happy F + B. The project is part of a promotional campaign for Goteborgstryckeriet, a local printing company. The Chameleon Cabin is the company’s way of conveying to the public the message that they can create any type of packaging a customer could possibly want.
Goteborgstryckeriet was created in 1918 and provides specialized printed materials, from brochures to complex products created using CAD technology. The company provides itself on its innovative solutions for marketing campaigns. The temporary structure is being transported to several events, including trade shows, to highlight the company and the types of products it is capable of creating.
Architectural firm formlessfinder created Tent Pile, a temporary structure supported by a pile of sand, for Design Miami/, an art and architecture fair held from December 4-8. The structure was designed to provide shade, seating, cool air, and a space for the public to play.
Formlessfinder was founded in 2010 by Julian Rose and Garrett Ricciardi. The architects focus on the geography of the region where their designs will be built and take that into consideration when creating their designs. They use locally available materials in such a way that they can be reused after being employed in their temporary structures.
Rose and Ricciardi considered two important characteristics of Miami in designing Tent Pile. They decided to use the sand that was everywhere, both on beaches and under buildings, to create stability in the temporary structure. Its looseness gave them flexibility in building their project, and the appearance of the sand fit in well with the surrounding landscape. They were also interested in the combination of post-war modernist architecture with the tropical climate, which combined to give rise to shelters with roofs but no walls, providing protection from the elements and access for all.
Instead of using a foundation, the architects used a pile of loose sand as a ballast to provide support to a lightweight aluminum roof. They constructed a retaining wall to support the sand and create an ordered space for benches. The steel superstructure that supports the retaining wall is embedded deep in the pile of sand. That, combined with a series of aluminum fins protruding from the wall and the thermal mass cooling effect of the sand, cools the space inside the structure.
Tent Pile was intended to serve as a practical solution to provide shelter and seating, while reimagining the fundamentals of architecture and encouraging people to participate in and enjoy the experience created by the temporary structure.
Los Angeles firm Synthesis Design + Architecture won an international competition to design a temporary pavilion to showcase and charge Volvo’s new plug-in electric hybrid, the V60.
The “Switch to Pure Volvo” competition was organized by international architecture magazine THE PLAN. It called on architects to create an innovative and original design for a temporary pavilion to showcase the car at fairs and open-air presentations throughout Italy.
SDA’s structure uses a continuous organic form made of HDPE mesh fabric with integrated photovoltaic cells over carbon fiber rods. The mesh fabric was digitally designed and allows the rods to bend. The structure can be completely collapsed into a tent bag and carried in the back of a car, making it highly portable and easy to erect and take down. It does not require a large group of people for construction. The design resembles one continuous surface, not a series of components.
SDA emphasized dynamic form, interactivity, visual impact, functionality, and efficiency in its unique design. SDA saw the competition as a way to address sustainability, identity, culture, materiality, permanence, and personal mobility. The architects wanted the temporary structure to carry the same principles of energy efficiency as the V60. It allows for the charging of vehicles, with a charging cable that is concealed in and peels away from the tubing.
The temporary structure is cost-effective due to its use of light-weight high-tech materials and photovoltaic power. SDA’s architects wanted to push the envelope when it came to materials and geometry.
Los Angeles-based engineering firm Buro Happold is performing structural engineering work related to the V60 pavilion project.