The Triforce is Strong in this Disaster Responsive Shelter…

Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

A Legend of Zelda AND a Star Wars reference? COMBINED?!?!? Yes. And you’re welcome.

There have been numerous architectural attempts to support people living through and displaced by a natural disaster. Typically, the result is recovering from the damage, but it is possible to, through innovative design, have a structure that can perform better in disastrous conditions or provide a better quality of life. For example, in November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan — which would set the record of the strongest typhoon as speeds of 397 km/hr — hit the Philippines hard and Tanauan suffered the most damage and lost almost 1,275 lives.  Consider that many of the buildings had metal plate roof systems, and in a typhoon, those metal plates became dangerous; rather than recover with THE SAME metal plates roof system, Urban Intensity Architects, TAArchitects, Kyungsub Shin started looking into an alternative.

Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

The Architecture for Society Disaster Responsive Shelter is a building to which emphasis is put on the social and geographical context — since Tanauan has depended on coconut industry and fishery industry — rather than the internal programme. Essentially, the shelter’s ordinary use (for accommodating public local activities and events) isn’t more or less important as its emergency phase.  In ridding of the threshold between wall and roof, the structure was divided into the primary and the secondary, and since it can gradually collapse against hard gusts of wind, the survival of the primary structure will be the frame of the quick recovery of the structure as a whole. The structure is a primarily steel structure — fabricated in Korea and delivered to the site — with the secondary structure made from local lumber. Since it’s impossible to seal the shelter from outside, when typhoon is forecasted, the site can be evacuated and this shelter will become a gathering point for the people who have to evacuate at last minute. Based on this, the distribution of this prototype is extremely important.

Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin
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