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Artificial Snow Cave Emergency Shelter in Parche, Nepal by Margot Krasojević Architects

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Article source: v2com

The hut offers a snowdrift frame made from weighted carbon fibre mesh, this contoured landscape mimics the surrounding vertiginous precipices and landscapes, the carbon fibre snowscape creates an artificial snow cave which can be burrowed into and around enabling climbers to inhabit the excavated structure in a similar way to a snow cave. The composite carbon frame catches the snowdrift using snow as an insulating material, as it is a mesh structure pockets of rooms can be carved into the build up of snow as well as air vents to help air circulation, it is possible to further insulate the structure by digging a small pit deeper into one part of the cave floor to provide a place for the coldest air to gather, away from the occupants, the entrance may be partially blocked with chunks of snow to deflect wind and retain heat.

Elevation showing structural anchor, Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojević

Elevation showing structural anchor, Image Courtesy © Margot Krasojević

  • Architects:  Margot Krasojević Architects
  • Project: Artificial Snow Cave Emergency Shelter
  • Location: Parche, Nepal
  • Photography: Margot Krasojević
  • Software used: Revit BIM and Maya

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