Scrap Shelter: Welded Steel Home for the End of the World

Pockmarked, scarred and rusted from years spent traveling through the planet’s vast oceans, fused metal plates make for an ominous inhabitable structure … but perhaps one that would blend in well with a post-apocalyptic industrial landscape.

Benches, a toilet, a stove and a single industrial-style light complete the picture on the interior using rusticated wood and metal pieces, joints and fasteners .. the kinds of components someone might scrounge for and find after the world ends.

Heavy paint-stripped steel doors hang on giant industrial refrigerator hinges, swinging outward when the padlock and chain are removed. How one would actually move this supposedly-portable monstrosity in a true emergency is another question.

Welded connections and attachments are barely noticeable against the existing wear and tear, but if one looks close there is a surprising attention to detail, form and structure underlying the apparent chaos.

Atelier Van Lieshout designed this as a statement about the current state of society – a (perhaps bleak) reflection of some contemporary condition. Regardless of the objectives, however, the space is compelling in its own right – albeit dark and dreary too.

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