Bus Shelter House

2003 - 2004
No fixed address | Public Infrastucture

The Bus Shelter House is the third in a series of prototypical housing proposals which have been produced by our office.

The first, Future Shack, is a mass produced relocatable house for emergency or relief shelter after war or natural disaster has destroyed people’s homes. It is a mid term solution using shipping containers as a base module which can be stockpiled for re-use. The original prototype was exhibited in 2004 at the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York.

The second, The Park Bench House, is a park bench during the day which converts into a rudimentary sheltered bed at night. The Park Bench House is part of our proposition that the city is a place of sustenance and support for displaced people and that as such, its infrastructure should be designed to (under controlled circumstances if necessary) accommodate rather than shun the homeless. It is an argument for urban design which incorporates basic amenity for the transient population of Melbourne.

Like the Park Bench House, the Bus Shelter House argues for compassionate infrastructure – it’s a bus shelter (when public transport is running) which converts into emergency overnight accommodation. The regular advertising hoarding is modified to act as a dispenser of blankets, food and water. As well the hoarding acts as a small gallery space where art can be exhibited and promoted. The shelter has the potential to be solar powered and it is proposed that its glass roof and back double as a giant digital projection screen.