People are understandably insecure when natural disasters destroy their homes, so the Australian firm Woods Bagot designed an emergency shelter that would provide victims with a cozy, temporary reprieve. Originally displayed at Brisbane's King George Square as part of the 2012 Emergency Shelter Exhibition, Cocoon provides emergency shelter for up to four displaced people.
The competition brief called for structures that provide protection from the elements, in addition to safety, simplicity and elegance. They were also expected to be constructed easily and quickly. Woods Bagot didn’t attempt to fight off the elements with their design, but they hit the nail with every other specification.
Cocoon is constructed out of flexible timber and clad in whatever material is easily available, be it netting, chicken wire or palm fronds. Flat-packed for efficient transport, these neat spiral structures can be erected with few or no tools. Although the transparent siding might be off-putting to some, this space could be a welcome reprieve for four people who have lost everything in a violent storm.