A Safe Place: Pallet Refuge
Design | Construction | Details
Pallet Refuge is a flexible and compact dwelling unit assembled from salvaged wooden pallets to provide a secured means of shelter with thermal comfort control.
The unit is convertible from a boxed in sleeping quarter to an open resting space for personal use.
The pallets can also be transformed through the use of brackets, hinges, sliding tracks and scissor lifts to become a semiprivate table for socializing or bar height public seating.
During the warmer season the structure can allow for natural ventilation by opening, while providing relative privacy and security.
In the winter, an inexpensive heating source safely housed in a non-combustible thermal pad generates heat for the enclosed space.
Interior finishes, such as curtains, help minimize heat loss, storage carpentry helps organize belongings, and a bed frame with temporary shelving gives an occupant a greater sense of home.
The inside is secured when occupied through bolt locks located on the windows and roof assembly. When left unoccupied, the structure is then transformed into bench seating that is secured by a padlock located on the outside.
This gives the occupant a semi-permanent place to call their own. The function reflects an existing urban fabric by allowing for individual unit living or group clustering for more socialization.
The exterior echoes a landscape installation.
The project was design for but never submitted to the 2015 AIA Small Pop-up Project.