Folding Pods by Hariri & Hariri Architecture: 2019 Best of Year Winner for On The Boards: Residential

Folding Pods by Hariri & Hariri Architecture. Photography courtesy of Hariri & Hariri Architecture.

Sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri of Hariri & Hariri Architecture, both Interior Design Hall of Fame members, conceived a lightweight, collapsible shelter that fits on a flatbed truck for easy transport to any desired location. Inspired by origami, the unit measures 500 square feet, with hinged exterior panels of glass and thin,
3-D fiber cement that play with light and shadow. The architects designed the pod as a disaster-relief shelter but the concept is also suitable for use as a beach cabana or, when assembled in clusters, facilities for large events. “Units could be prefabricated at a basic cost,” Gisue Hariri explains, “and a percentage of sales used to donate pods to refugees.”

Folding Pods by Hariri & Hariri Architecture. Photography courtesy of Hariri & Hariri Architecture.
Folding Pods by Hariri & Hariri Architecture. Photography courtesy of Hariri & Hariri Architecture.

Project Team: Bieinna Ham; Kyuhun Kim;
Chris Whiteside.

> See more from the December/January 2020 issue of Interior Design

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