Strawn.Sierralta, a husband and wife, boutique architecture team that runs a design studio based in Chicago, Illinois, came to know about the fact that PVC pipes are generally non-recyclable. So, relying on a better idea, the duo decided to re-purpose PVC pipe to build temporary shelters. Since that’s satisfactory, the Endemic Synthetic Temporary Shelter came into being within no time. Shelters built using re-purposed PVC pipe can adapt to bioclimatic extremes of Mojave desert where temperature fluctuates from 0 degree F to 120 degree F. Sponsored by Ecoshack/ Birkenshock, the project went on to grab the first place award for the Green Tent Competition.
The 100 sq/ft design resembles the vascular stem structure of Joshua Tree. The structure also signifies how the tree efficiently carries nutrients and water; and for a better perception, it acts as a corridor between nature and artificial well being. Storage compartments for camping gear, ventilation and integral seating are accomplished within this shelter. Winter winds can be blocked by canvas panels.
It’s a desert and the place to be for those having stargazing as a hobby. Yes, stargazing is an extravaganza with the expanding outside. Wing like roof of the shelter can be opened. All you have to have is a sleeping bag to view the endless sky in twinkles. To add to the sustainable tent, there’s a low-voltage LED for lighting at night and a flexible photovoltaic panel to recharge your phone. Fly way up high to the Mojave desert