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Press kit - Press release - Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects
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Artificial Snow Cave Emergency Shelter

Parche, Nepal

Margot Krasojević Architects

Architizer finalist 2016


London, United Kingdom, 2016-05-19 -

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.


Multiple layers of Silicium applied to the carbon fibre mesh produce an electric current from direct natural light, photovoltaics can be used to store this energy which is forced through the electrical resistance wire embedded within the mesh, creating heat energy and then cooling the structure to create an icy surface trapping snow for added insulation, and melting it away as necessary, which in the process contributes to strengthening & insulating the structure.


A wooden frame, sits within the artificial snow cave, suspends an elevation of climbing ropes creating a more flexible space which can be canvased if necessary, inspired by the snow lotus whose leaves are covered with dense white woolly hairs minimizing frost damage at night and preventing ultraviolet light damage from the intense high altitude sunlight, with this principal in mind the rope structure sways attempting to prevent freezing, it is clamped to the wooden frame in sections and can be added to. The artificial snow cave landscape mesh is self supporting, it rests on the undulating parts of the contoured carbon fibre mesh.


The structure is to be a part of the trekking experience as it is similar in nature to emergency shelters which can be excavated according to needs and party size.

Cell like modules within the rope structure contain sleeping quarters, holographic filters applied to the carbon roof panels control temperature and direct light into and throughout the sleeping modules and into the artificial snow cave below.


Green photovoltaic panels control light and produce energy stored in the carbon fibre snow cave mesh. The snow cave provides shelter at temperatures of 0C even if the outside temperature drops to -50 C; constructed by excavating snow so that the entrance tunnel enters below the main space to retain warm air, in this case within the snowscape mesh emerging into the wooden framed rope shelter. Construction is simplified by building it on a steep slope and digging slightly upwards and horizontally into the slope. The roof is domed to prevent dripping on the occupants and because it is made from mesh it is easier to clear ventilation holes avoiding suffocation. A narrow entrance tunnel leads into the main chamber which consists of a flat area with elevated sleeping platforms excavated from snow.


The artificial snow cave emergency shelter is a 2016 Architizer finalist. 


About Margot Krasojević

Margot Krasojević Architects believe that a  cross-disciplinary design strategy is of great importance for an architecture proposing new typologies reflecting our perpetually changing environment and sustainability. Focusing on design criteria that predominantly involve  renewable energy sources and technology to develop a formal and structural architectural language supported by dynamics simulation software, whilst  encouraging  the manipulation of form and it's subsequent appropriation. Undertaking research regarding technologies supporting hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy, wave power, geothermal energy, tidal power in order to develop inhabitable designs to improve energy efficiency.


Published and featured in The Financial Times, The Telegraph, D Magazine, Italy, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 London, WIRED, GQ, Blueprint, Architizer, 

for Jetway Hotel, Hydroelectric Turbine House, Fresnel Yacht and Sandstorm Hotel projects.


Architizer A+ Awards 2016 Finalist

Published two monographs of projects entitled:

Spatial Pathologies, Floating Realities; And Dynamics & Derealisation


Current project locations South Africa Franschhoek Wine district, Inner Mongolia Gobi desert, Paris and Belgrade.

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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Rope Shelter, reinforcing structure during earthquake avalanche - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Rope Shelter, reinforcing structure during earthquake avalanche
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Exterior perspective. Rope shelter partly deconstructed - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Zoning sequence; Cell like modules within the rope structure contain sleeping quarters, holographic filters applied to the carbon roof panels control temperature and direct light into and throughout the sleeping modules and the artificial snow cave below.  - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Zoning sequence; Cell like modules within the rope structure contain sleeping quarters, holographic filters applied to the carbon roof panels control temperature and direct light into and throughout the sleeping modules and the artificial snow cave below.
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Rope emergency shelter plan, Plan showing undulating snow cave snowdrift mesh with suspended rope structure - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Rope emergency shelter plan, Plan showing undulating snow cave snowdrift mesh with suspended rope structure
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Artificial snow cave carbon fibre mesh surface sequence - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Artificial snow cave carbon fibre mesh surface sequence
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Trekkers tunnel underneath artificial snow cave to enter the structure - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Trekkers tunnel underneath artificial snow cave to enter the structure
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Sleeping pods, Cell like modules within the rope structure contain holographic filtered sleeping quarters - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Sleeping pods, Cell like modules within the rope structure contain holographic filtered sleeping quarters
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Elevation showing structural anchor - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - The composite carbon frame catches the snowdrift using snow as an insulating material. Flexible moving rope structure prevents freezing. - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
The composite carbon frame catches the snowdrift using snow as an insulating material. Flexible moving rope structure prevents freezing.
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Entrance tunnel, Silicium painted carbon fibre mesh produces an electric current from direct natural light, this energy is forced through the electrical resistance wire embedded within the mesh structure, - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Entrance tunnel, Silicium painted carbon fibre mesh produces an electric current from direct natural light, this energy is forced through the electrical resistance wire embedded within the mesh structure,
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Undulating snow cave carbon fibre mesh - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Undulating snow cave carbon fibre mesh
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Wooden frame suspends an elevation of climbing ropes creating a more flexible space which can be canvased if necessary. - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Wooden frame suspends an elevation of climbing ropes creating a more flexible space which can be canvased if necessary.
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Press kit | 2121-01 - Press release | Artificial SnowCave Emergency Shelter - Margot Krasojević Architects - Commercial Architecture - Exterior view of rope cables supporting structure - Photo credit: Margot Krasojević
Exterior view of rope cables supporting structure
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