Our reunited three person team designed, fabricated and carried a light weight structure into Poly Canyon to live for two days and two nights for Cal Poly Design Village Competition. Day 1 consisted of construction while day 2 consisted of living and sustaining the Canyon’s high winds and diurnal temperatures.
The structure is made of 1″ and 3/4″ steel pipes, while the footing consisted of 5/8″ round bar. The upper portion of the the structure is made from PVC pipes and military grade rope tension together to give its form and stability. We used a 24 feet diameter military parachute as our membrane because of its lightweight and airtight qualities.
We sewn in a hammock like structure onto three consecutive gores for us to lay comfortably in and velco straps at key points on the parachute to pull the parachute onto itself during its different stages of the competition. During the day we allow the high winds to blow into the structure creating a structure that is in constant movement. The 4 existing ventilation gores from the parachute allowed the structure to not be blown away. While at night we pull the parachute tightly into itself creating a very tight box like form and allowing no wind to enter and to keep the heat inside.
Below is the series of photographs of process and competition day.