An abandoned market becomes a light-filled homeless shelter in London

September 20, 2019 by  
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We love it when old buildings can be put to good use, but it especially warms our hearts when architects use adaptive reuse to convert empty structures into spaces specially designed to help those in need. London-based firm Holland Harvey Architects has recently done just that by converting a derelict supermarket into a stunning, light-filled homeless shelter with an attached cafe. Launched in 2017, Shelter From The Storm is a charitable organization that aims to house and support people who are homeless in London . The organization approached Holland Harvey Architects for help converting an abandoned supermarket into a shelter. Working together, the charity and the architects envisioned a welcoming, temporary home that also offers holistic support to reintegrate the residents into society. As such, the design revolved around creating a purpose-built space to meet the distinct needs of an urban homeless shelter . Related: A decaying shop in Cambodia gains a new life through adaptive reuse principles The design features two parts: the shelter and a cafe. The cafe features a large, glazed entrance that leads to a well-lit interior with plenty of seating. To create the dual spaces, the designers were determined to use adaptive reuse to cut down on costs and completion time. The existing building featured brick predominantly throughout the interior as well as the exterior, which was kept intact during the renovation. For a unique touch, the team painted the brick walls various, subdued colors. The private areas of the homeless shelter feature three dorms (two for males and one for females) with 42 beds. Each person has their own bed and lockable wardrobe. In addition to required amenities such as showers and bathrooms, the building also includes meeting space, a counseling room, a clothing store and a lounge area. Behind the scenes, volunteers and residents work in the shelter ‘s commercial kitchen to prepare food for breakfasts and dinners. In addition to providing a safe place to stay and freshly cooked meals, they also offer language classes and other resources to help residents get back on their feet. Shelter from the Storm admits guests to the dorms in the evening only, but during the day, the cafe is open to the local community. Adding this public space to the project enables the locals to feel connected to the organization and those that are in need. + Holland Harvey Architects + Shelter from the Storm Via Dezeen Photography by Nicholas Worley via Holland Harvey Architects

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Sheltersuit is a transforming coat that becomes a sleeping bag to provide shelter to the homeless

November 11, 2015 by  
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When the fun and games are over at a music festival, there is a ton of trash left behind. Now, abandoned festival tents may find a new life as shelter for the homeless. Called the Sheltersuit, each suit is made out of a tent and acts as a warm coat during the day and transforms into a sleeping bag for protection from the elements at night. READ MORE >

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India’s growing emissions could push Earth over dangerous warming point

November 11, 2015 by  
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As the Earth continues to warm, climate experts are on the lookout for events that could push the Earth past its crucial limits. One of the most concerning thresholds is the 2 degree increase in global temperatures (measured in Celsius), which represents the gateway to dangerous warming. Right now, climate scientists are concerned India’s continued greenhouse gas emissions growth could be the thing that tips the scales. Critics say India hasn’t enacted tough enough standards for emissions, but the country’s leaders claim financial restraints are making it difficult to keep up with green technology. Read the rest of India’s growing emissions could push Earth over dangerous warming point

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paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

March 3, 2014 by  
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Artist Michael Rakowitz designed a smart urban shelter that uses excess heat from building HVAC systems to keep the homeless warm. Inspired by Bedouin tents that respond to different kinds of desert winds, The ‘paraSITE’ shelters are simple, effective and cost under $5. Over the course of 17 years, Rakowitz has built at least 60 shelters in various cities he’s lived in and plans to develop this project further. Read the rest of paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design for homeless , homeless shelter , humanitarian design , HVAC heat shelter , hvac systems , inflatable structures , inflatable urban shelter , Michael Rakowitz paraSITE , paraSITE plastic shelter , plastic bags shelter , temporary urban shelters , Urban design        

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Europe’s First Cat Cafe Opens in London

March 3, 2014 by  
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Europe’s very first cat cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened its doors in London over the weekend. Located in Shoredich, just off Brick Lane, this unique teashop offers the prrrfect space for playing with feline friends over a cuppa, scones and jam. First seen in Japan , this sweet concept offers a safe, comfortable home to rescue cats in the capital. Read the rest of Europe’s First Cat Cafe Opens in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal rescue , Animals , cat cafe , first London cat cafe , Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium , London , Shoreditch , social responsibility        

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A-Kamp47 Vertical Urban Campground Provides Subversive Shelter for the Homeless in France

December 10, 2013 by  
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Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

December 10, 2013 by  
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If you thought CO2 and methane were contenders for the most destructive greenhouse gases on the planet, then you will be shocked to learn that researchers have discovered another chemical that is considerably more damaging. Scientists at the University of Toronto say that a gas called perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) is 7,000 times more potent than CO2 over a 100-year time period. Used in the electrical industry, each PFTBA molecule has a lifespan of 500 years and no known method of sequestration. Read the rest of Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angela hong , canada , CO2 , electrical industry. climate change , fossil fuels , Geophysical Research Letters , global warming , methane , perfluorotributylamine , pftba , potent greenhouse gas , The Guardian , University of Toronto , unregulated chemicals        

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Paul Elkin’s Mobile Homeless Shelter Is a Refuge Packed with Sustainable Features

February 6, 2012 by  
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Designing a shelter to meet the diverse needs of the homeless population is a challenge, but Paul Elkin ‘s fantastic concept makes due as both a mobile home and a store packed with goods to help support a livelihood. The inventor and bike-maker took up a challenge to construct a portable unit for the urban homeless population, and what he created was a secure and watertight structure for sleeping at night that could also be turned into an open space during the day to display and sell wares. Read the rest of Paul Elkin’s Mobile Homeless Shelter Is a Refuge Packed with Sustainable Features Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: efficient shelter , homeless shelter , mobile home design , paul elkin , portable refuge , sustainable abode design , transportable shelter design

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Cardborigami Unfolds Into a Portable Housing Shelter

September 23, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Cardborigami Unfolds Into a Portable Housing Shelter http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cardboard , cardborigami , eco design , emergency shelter , green design , homeless shelter , humanitarian design , recycled cardboard , sustainable design , tina hovsepian

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Intoxicating Pavilion Made of 33,000 Yellow Beer Crates

September 23, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Intoxicating Pavilion Made of 33,000 Yellow Beer Crates http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beer crate pavilion , beer crates , brussels , Eco Architecture , green architecture , green design , plastic beer crate , pop up pavilion , Prefab , Shin Bogdan Hagiwara , Shizuka Hariu , SHSH , temporary pavilion , temporary structure , Universal World Exhibition , upcycled

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