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20 Cool Shelters for Chic Nomads

Gimme Shelter

When you put aside the technical jargon and academic approach, all architecture really is, is the art of creating shelter. As American architect Philip Johnston once wrote, "All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space." Or, as Mick Jagger put it, "If I don't get some shelter, I think i'm gonna fade away."

Cool Shelters - Been-Seen

Shelters can be found in the most improbable of places. Say, the middle of a river.

Design It Shelter - Been-Seen

A shelter can be any shape or size. The design of shelters change based on their environment and the needs of the occupants.

Desert Dome - Been-Seen

A shelter protects inhabitants from the elements, which of course vary from environment to environment. This round military-style shelter can be assembled quickly and is suitable for use in a number of regions.

Kephart Shelter - Been-Seen

Shelters can be found as well as built. Above you see the Kephart Shelter, a cabin at the end of the Kephart Prong trail in the Smoky Mountains where hikers put up their feet after completing the walk.

Eco Temporary Refuge - Been-Seen

Here's a prefab eco shelter that can be flown out to the slopes and removed when skiing season is over. 

Sea Shelter - Been-Seen

How about a sea shelter?

Shelter Me - Been-Seen

A shelter is as unique as the person who takes refuge within its walls. 

Shelter Me - Been Seen

It can /div> be large or small.

Archipod - Been-Seen


Shelter Me - Been Seen

Or square.

Cool Shelters for Chic Nomads

Or pointed.


Cool Shelter by Pedro Reyes

A shelter need not be the shape of a box. It can be a zig-zag as demonstrated by Pedro Reyes' construction above.

Skating Shelters - Been-Seen

These skating shelters by Patkau Architects are shaped specifically to shield skaters from better Canadian winds and placed to resemble a huddled group of people, shielding each other from the bitter chill.

Broissin Architects Shelter - Been-Seen

Is this a photo of extra-terrestrials' first contact with humanity? No, it's a pre-fab pod shelter in Mexico with three stories made out of recycled materials by Broissin architects.

Shelter Me - Been Seen

A shelter in the Australian Outback looks like a watchtower, but inside is a cozy retreat for outdoorsy Aussies to enjoy the natural beauty of their country. It was designed by Casey Brown Architecture.

Shelter Me - Been-Seen

Or even a standalone structure. You can make a shelter in your own house.

Shelter Me - Been-Seen

The interiors of shelters can tell us a lot about their purpose. An eco-refuge that celebrates the environment and promotes health may have a soaking tub and tons of outdoor spaces.

Bombproof Shelter - Been-Seen

While the interior of a bomb shelter reflects the grim circumstances of its existence and the basic need (read: survival) of its occupants.

Shelter Me - Been-Seen

A shelter can be anything you need it to be. It is as mutable as time, as changeable as weather.

Shelter Me - Been-Seen

We all need shelter from the storm. Find yours. MT

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  • Emme Rogers

    March 14, 2012

    The river home reminds me of the old woman that lived in a shoe.

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