Simon Hjermind Jensen

Simon Jensen's Fire Shelter is a Teardrop-Shaped Pavilion Created With Digital Fabrication Techniques

by , 01/21/13

Fire Shelter: 01, Shjworks, Simon Jensen, Copenhagen, Sydhavnstippen

Fire Shelter: 01 is a small pavilion in Sydhavnstippen–a nature preserve in the southern part of Copenhagen–that was designed and built by SHJWorks. The starting point for the design emerged from the location, which is a former sea bed that was filled in with building materials between 1945 and 1973. The different elements of the structure were produced using novel digital fabrication techniques. The shelter has public access, and it takes inspiration from architecture of ethnic and nomadic people.

Fire Shelter: 01, Shjworks, Simon Jensen, Copenhagen, Sydhavnstippen

The Fire Shelter consists of one shape stretching for the sky. It has one hole in the top and two openings at the bottom. Plywood and polycarbonate is the main materials and all the different parts are fabricated using CNC technology. It is 4.7 meters tall and has a diameter of 3.8 meters at ground level. The structural element of the shelter is the 2-9 mm thick walls. The walls consist of thin and bendable shells that are tightened together with bolts and a piece of 2 mm thick polycarbonate.

The bottom of the shelter is made of plywood and inside is a fire place surrounded by a bench. The bench is filled with building materials found on the site. This ballast secures the shelter to the ground without any kind of digging for a foundation. The upper part of the shelter is in white transparent polycarbonate; the transparent nature of the material allows daylight in during the day, and after dusk the light from the fire shines through the polycarbonate.

+ SHJWorks

+ Fire Shelter: 01

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