Skyshelter.zip is a mobile skyscraper that can be folded and transported to natural disaster zones. Polish designers Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa and Piotr Pańczyk envisioned the design as a compact multi-purpose shelter that provides food, energy, and water and can be deployed using minimal manpower in the shortest possible amount of time.
The project won first place at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Its versatility and pragmatic design make it a great solution for crisis management in regions struck by earthquakes, floods or hurricanes.
Damaged infrastructure can make it extremely difficult to respond efficiently to emergencies. The designers tried to address this issue by proposing a compact structure with a large floor surface that can quickly and easily be transported anywhere.
Skyshelter.zip has a much smaller footprint compared to tents and containers, which are typically used during emergencies. This means that less site preparation is needed prior to setting up camp, which is extremely significant in densely populated areas.
The skyscraper is designed to stand even on unstable soil. Light-weight 3D-printed slabs and structural steel wires function as load-bearers. Pieces of fabric attached to the main structure constitute the internal and external walls.
The building envelope would be made with a nanomaterial based on ETFE foil and small, connected perovskite solar cells. This way, the building can produce clean energy even during times of disaster. The structure is also topped with a balloon that can collect and clean rainwater. The skyscraper can also provide first aid, temporary housing or storage, and it’s designed to host a vertical farm made from excavated soil.