Shelter ByGG

shelter1_xsA sculpture that can be used as a living space with the signature of CeNTI

This sculptural object is placed in Guimarães, the European Capital of Culture 2012, and confirms the sustainable way of living. CeNTI was the key partner for the integration of a self-sustainable system (off-grid). A photovoltaic system is integrated in the sculpture and all the electronics to store the energy, as well a low-cost lighting system.

Other nacional partners involved in the project are: Guimarães 2012 ‐ Capital Europeia da Cultura, Amorim, Sonae Indústria, Abel e Manuel Lda, Sanindusa, Colunex, Home Concept, Piodão Group, Arround Knowledge, Ach Brito, Hands on Hearth, Casa da Prisca, Wedi, Expocamping, Vimeiro, IDL, Canal 180, Agência de Viagens Gomes Alves, Inserralves.

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(image courtesy of joão morgado)

Public project description:

“Shelter ByGG”, a project signed by Gabriela Gomes brings out to public space a sculptural object that can be used as a living space.

With “Shelter byGG”, Gabriela Gomes proposes the creation of an habitable module, inviting you to rest inside a sculpture installed on a public space. This module will have one double room with integrated WC, assuring the comfort and privacy of its users. The aesthetic part can’t be forgotten and it is one of the strongest aspects of this project.

This is an experimental object which combines sculpture, design and architecture, defying new experiences with space and questioning relations of artistic enjoyment and habitation issues. Therefore, “Shelter by GG” gathers plastic concepts with functionality and sustainability from one space only, something like a “cocoon/ bedroom”.

With this project is expected an artistic manifestation that provides an innovative and unexpected experience as an accommodation space, associated to eco- sustainable solutions and mobility.

In its construction and functioning, the environmental concerns can be seen, mainly on: the sustainability, by using non-polluting and recycled materials(OSB-­?Oriented Strand Board-engineered  wood-based  panel;  Cork Thermal/ acoustic and Anti vibration insulation; Cork wall – projected cork) and on the energetic eco-efficiency, using solar energy and LED lighting technology.

The mobility, associated to the temporary feature of this installation, turns it into an “itinerant object”. In a first phase it will be installed and presented at Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, however, it is easy mobility on a TIR will allow that it goes to other places with no need of infrastructures.