Nomadic Shelter Featured at SALT Festival

nomadic shelterThe Nomadic Shelter is a 130-square-foot sleeping space developed for travelers. It features bunks for up to 12 people that are accessed via a driftwood ladder.

Thirteen boxes are stacked on top of each other and secured using bolts and straps. The boxes are available in two sizes: 7.9 x 4 x 2.6 feet and 10.5 x 4 x 2.6 feet. The completed structure stands just over 15 feet tall.

The boxes are built from corner finger-joints of 2 x 4 inch timber logs with screws. The outdoor cladding is made of overlapped 1 x 4 inch planks to make the structure windproof and waterproof. The design of the Nomadic Shelter can easily be reconfigured to increase or decrease the size of the shelter. The materials can be reused or recycled.

The portable shelter has an open central area in which a fire can be lit to warm the inhabitants. The shelter does not have a floor, but a canvas roof can be attached to provide protection from harsh weather.

The Nomadic Shelter was designed for the traveling SALT Festival, which is held at a variety of locations throughout the Arctic Circle region. It was created to encourage audiences to experience art, concerts, theater, readings, and local food and to bring attention to the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples from the Arctic region.

The festival began in Sandhornoy in northern Norway in August 2014. The Nomadic Shelter is scheduled to stay in Sandhornoy until September 6, 2015. After that, it will be disassembled and will travel to the next location. The festival is scheduled to travel through Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Alaska, and Russia.