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Gabion House : UN Exhibit Opens!

Design with the Other 90%: Cities

http://www.mediaglobal.or g/2011/10/20/un-exhibit-design-with-the-other-90-cities-smithsonian-cooper-hewitt-national-design-museum/

As part of the exhibit at the United Nations in New York City, GMS provided structural calculations and reinforcing design for this self-built shelter - housing that can be built quickly and inexpensively in stages depending on available resources. It also allows for natural ventilation and illumination, is easily adaptable, and uses locally available materials which can also be reused.

The Gabion House is constructed of sand, concrete blocks, gabions (metal mesh retaining structures), and steel beams. The gabions are laid out in the desired location and filled with rock or sandbags, and a small concrete slab is anchored with rebar at the top. Secured steel beams provide structure for the inclined sheet-metal roof. Concrete blocks and a layer of sand over compacted soil provide the interior flooring. With all the material at hand, the construction process takes a team of five people between five and seven days to complete the full layout

Architect:  Arturo Ortiz Struck, Taller Territorial de México
Client :     Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Exhibit:     Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibition, 2011.