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****   Merit Award for Small Projects   ****
Camp Emerald Bay - Eco Cabin
(# 1075)
Organizational Category: Small Project Award
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Part of a larger campaign of sustainability for the Boy Scouts of America Western Los Angeles County Council the architect designed a prototype sleeping cabin for the council’s Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. The cabin is built from two used 20' shipping containers bolted together and covered with a translucent tensile fabric roof. The original roof was removed to allow for a raised vaulted roof that allows for diffuse natural light to flood the space. The raised roof and 3 new slot windows allow for natural cross ventilation. The cabins can be assembled on the mainland, disassembled and packed within themselves, and shipped to the island. The program eliminates construction waste and makes for a structure that can be disassembled and removed from the island with no lasting environmental impact. The front porch is made from the reclaimed timber from the recently replaced ocean pier. The lighting consists of LED wall mounted reading lights designed for boat use. General illumination is provided by an LED uplight along the ridge beam the provided an even glow reflected of the white fabric roof. All the electrical needs are provided by an off grid PV panel and battery.
The result is not only a low impact building that is made primarily from recycled materials, but also a structure that serves to educate young people about the possibilities of transformation and that sustainable architecture need not be boring.
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