In light of changing climes and a serious of devastating natural disasters, resilience architecture is a booming sector. From flood resistance to increased stability, more and more buildings are including features and overall design models that emphasise durability and hardiness.
While the importance of these kinds of developments are most definitely on the industry radar, however, communicating this to the public at large has taken a backseat, especially in areas of the world that have not recently faced the effects of erratic – and destructive – weather conditions.
While this is understandable, the most devastating results of these incidents often take place in areas that are not prepared for natural disasters.
Japan for example, is particularly susceptible to earthquakes, and therefore has extremely stringent building standards when it comes to quake resilience. It is for this reason that, while the highly destructive 2011 earthquake in the country did considerable damage, the results from the following tsunami were far more extreme.
In order to communicate this kind of resilience knowledge and the necessity for design of this nature, Australian architectural firms have banded together in Brisbane to develop the ‘cocoon installation.’
Architectural firms including Woods Bagot, Architectus, Donovan Hill, Tonic, TVS architects, Riddel Architecture, Neylan Architecture, Conrad Gargett, Arkhefield, Jackson Teece and PDT Architects have come together in order to raise awareness through this prototype development.
Designed specifically by Woods Bagot, the role of the cocoon exhibit will be to both raise awareness and funds for areas that have been hit hard by natural disasters.
“To propose a shelter that could not only protect people from rain and other elements in emergency situations but also provide a space to feel secure and comfortable in a disastrous environment, fundamental to the recovery process in these circumstances,” say the architects.
While the cocoon has not been designed to fight extreme weather, its flat pack design and simplistic construct has been designed to offer protection in the aftermath of these events or to support additional infrastructure.
“The cocoon does not attempt to fight the adverse weather – it provides protection yet moves and flexes to reduce the strain on the main structure,” say the architects. “Supported by a core timber structure, it accommodates up to four people sitting or lying.”
The structure aims to raise awareness for this booming trend, reminding both members of the public and the industry at large of the reality of these events and the responsibility that we all have in safeguarding ourselves in the best ways possible.