Fire Shelter 0:1 is a solo project designed and built by Simon Hgermind Jensen of SHJWORKS. It was important to Simon to do it himself so that there would be no outside influence from concept to completion. It is a personal project that represents Simon’s fascination with a location that is a 20-minute bike ride from Copenhagen, Denmark on a landfill called Sydhavnstippen. The shelter is not meant to be more then a temporary dwelling that, once past its prime, will be removed completely. It is a stopping place for visitors to celebrate the surrounding elements of landscape and nature that have populated what was once a seabed, then from 1945 to 1973 it became a growing landfill of building materials, and now it is a park like setting of plants, bushes and trees and the occasional trace of exposed and uncovered building materials. The landfill that still pushes up through the greener creates an almost apocalyptic visual within the desolate location.
The construction of Fire Shelter 0:1 is based on the architectural principles found in ethnic and nomadic cultures. It is a singular dome like shape of plywood and polycarbonate panels that have been fabricated using CNC technology. The panels are “stitched” together to create a 4.7m tall dome with a 3.8m diameter base. The panels themselves are from 2 – 9mm thick and consist of thin and bendable shells that are tightened together with bolts and a piece of 2mm thick polycarbonate “stitching”. There are two entry locations around the base and a large hole at the top for fire smoke extraction.
From Simon’s original concept of using ethnic and nomadic building principles within the realm of modular design and easy to apply materials, the final result takes on a imagery of leather panels hand stitched together.