But what if these natural disasters were to occur in more rigid areas, like on a mountain top? How might we provide shelter then? What kind of architecture could we quickly assemble that is both safe and efficient? According to three architects, they might just have a solution!
“We thought of making a ‘master assembling station’. When natural disasters occur, every household can reach the station by the device of the refugees which [are] prepared for every [home] quickly. The “station” has many small units for people to live in. In this way we can avoid life’s loss in a better way. In the small container, we provide a place for the villagers to rest and reside in.”
– Wei Ke Li, et al.
Created by architects Wei Ke Li, Sheng Jiang, and Xing Chun Zhi Zhang, the “Dandelion Vessel” is a concept design which specifically targets refugees of natural disasters (among other events). It’s named the Dandelion due to the architecture’s dandelion-esque structure. Each refugee would live inside of inflatable balloon units.
The structure itself is known as a tensile membrane structure, which heavily emphasizes on carrying tension as opposed to compression. Given its transparency, don’t expect too much privacy, but it also helps provide a more complimentary connection with the general environment. Definitely adds a futurist bent to housing displaced refugees.