The projects challenge is to renew the idea of the traditional “hotel”, considering the important position of the non-permanent dwelling in a situation characterized by transit and rapid changes. “Transit” shall service a short-term dweller, where the dwellers in their minds are on their way towards something else. “Transits” are rooms that continuously changes owner, but the dweller inhabits the room while staying there.“Transits” involve no commitment, but within these boundaries there are few but precise rules that create a pattern of actions. The project should enhance the ability to discuss new typologies of nonpermanent dwellings.
In the project I investigated how the concept transition; a passing from one condition, action, or place, to another, possibly can require a minimal architectonic space. Defining the task, I decided to investigate possible spatial solutions which could satisfy the need for rest, when the dweller is in transit. I focused on shelter, warmth and silence as the primary needs. Considering these requirements I drew a high-tech bed providing shelter and warmth. The bed itself as a unit is not necessarily site-specific, but considered an ephemeral structure.
The unit was investigated in synthesis with the site plan.
In the first site plan-analysis, the bed as a none site specific unit is implemented as an independent layer. It accepts all time-space relations and does not relate to site specific issues. In the second site plan-analysis the unit is investigated as a parasite taking the built environment and public services as its host. The unit links itself onto different kinds of constructions and the dweller uses public services to eat, shower etc.
The unit was investigated in a site specific context and I tried to specify the spatial conditions the unit could develop in relation to site. The investigation revealed a complex variety of qualities in the area, this identified potential sites.
The project developed with the theme of “camping”. The campsite is located on the edge between the main route to Oslo and the boat marina, close to an international ferry terminal. The campsite should enhance the transitional character of the area and provide facilities and services for tourists travelling by bike, boat, ferry and car; including hitchhikers, truck drivers and leisure boat owners.
The building provides services for short term stays. The campsite building offers a variety of rooms for rest: small bedrooms, garages, benches and drinking fountains. The high-tech beds are for rent and serviced automatically after feeding the required amount of money into an automat. The bed can be plugged into an outlet providing heating and electrical light. The campsite is maintained by a janitor and it does not have a lobby.
The construction of the campsite is thought to be as follows. The area is leveled and excess material build up the hard shoulder towards the highway. The noise barrier is the backbone of the campsite building. The horizontal and vertical divisions are thought to be built in concrete. Surface material in the small bedrooms is felt. There are sliding doors in front of the bedrooms, but no windows. Deposit boxes are modular prefabricated units. A rubber floor lies in front of the campsite building, defining the outdoor space.