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Bivouac

The bivouac, or shelter, was a second semester project given to first-year students of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, beginning their studies in 2013. According to the tradition of the university's Institute of Architecture, the semester-long planning was followed by a ten-day camp during which a chosen plan, Áron Szabó's bivouac, was realized.

The bivouac gives protection and provides a resting place in nature for a small group of people (1-8 people). The main objective of the project was to design appropriate scaling as well as suitable interior space planning, making the shelter easy-to-use.


Bivouac construction camp in Bakony, MOME 2014 - plan: Áron Szabó


The result was a structure 4 meters in length, 2.1 meters in width and 4 meters in height consisting of four mezzanine floors, which have a right-angled trapezoid layout widening from the entrance. They provide berths as well as access to upper levels. The ridge takes the outline of the berth compartments in order to save space. The lathing around the entryway has gaps in it, whereas around the berths it is tight.

 

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