The New Renaissance of Camping
Designed by California State PolyTechnique University Students for a design competition, The Wedge, as it’s called, was designed as a modernized permanent tent. The Wedge’s main feature is its angular roof that allows snow and rain to naturally run off as well as letting more natural light enter. The cabin-slash-tent is made affordable with its use of recycled and prefabricated materials. It can easily be assembled in just 4 days. The Wedge showcases its contemporary design with its sleek roof and its rustic feel with its plywood and pine. Take a look at these photos and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
The College’s studio class was taught by associate architecture professor Juintow Lin, who explained the parameters of the project: the cabins needed to be transportable, economical, flexible for different kinds of users, and fire resistant. Its walls shouldn’t be hollow, which would attract rodents. Lin told me that the designs ranged from modern to semi-traditional to whimsical — one riffed on a tent, another on a lifeguard station. But most designs aimed to make the cabin appear new and attract younger visitors, swerving away from the nostalgic Lincoln-log aesthetic of second-home mountain towns like Big Bear. Student Laida Aguirre said, “What we’re really trying to do is a remix of the architecture and culture of camping.”
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