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Comprised of a series of six matching cabins joined in alternating elevations, the shelter is made from timber and wrapped in plastic sheeting. Although the latter is not the most sustainable material to use in any setting, it is durable and designed for reuse.

The pitched roof cabins are perched above the snow line and glow warmly at night. Eventually the shelter will be disassembled, leaving behind nary a trace. And the leftover materials will be saved for another temporary installation. Like nomads who travel from place to place, users can experience a warm temporary home.

+ Hidemi Nishida