Whittaker Parsons is developing a prefabricated shelter constructed of recycled material, inspired by the green cabins which once scattered the streets of London offering shelter to Cabmen between rides. The Cabmen shelters once stood on public highways and were designed to be no larger than a horse and cart. Many of these huts have been destroyed as the pressures on land increases.
The proposed shelter is formed from a series of prefabricated wooden ‘rings’ which stack one on top of the other, referencing the defined layers present in the historic shelters. These modules are wrapped in layers of green scaffolding netting which matches the distinctive green of the Cabman shelters, creating an ephemeral quality.
The studio is investigating this as a rooftop installation, locating the structure to the edge of the roof to signify its presence to the street below.