Project Name: Sleeping Pod / Anarchitecture
Project Stage: Completed
User: Homeless, those in need, cool kids
Architect: Zean Macfarlane
Client Name: Richard DeDomenici
Funding provided by: Future’s Venture
Contractor: FN Build
Designed to resemble a ventilation shaft or environmental monitoring station (click here). The sleeping pod project is an experimental prototype living structure designed to hide within Londons urban fabric. As an installation the architecture splits viewers into two camps: those who see the design as something too small to live in, a hazard or possibly even a joke, and those who see the structure as a possible solution to “real” affordable housing. Regardless the installation most definitely mirrors to us our own privileges, and forces us to question if such a proposal could help those in need.
The sleeping pod is 2×3 metres complete with a toilet, shower, kitchenette and sleeping space. In use the unit is connected to permitted land similar to portacabins where the structure is connected to running water and waste facilities.
Photo credit: Richard DeDomenici