The biophilic design is inspired by the globular ‘test’ or shell of the Sea Urchin – a member of the phylum Echinodermata. As the Urchin matures it develops a five-fold symmetry (called pentamerism) that is reflected in the ten beamed structure of the tent. Portholes and doors are incorporated into the segments like the tubercules on the shells of the animal to provide access and light. The Spicules (or beams) are covered by a tensile membrane fabric that is tensioned with a cable at each foot. Insulation can be incorporated between the segments to create a thermally efficient envelope.
The first series of 8 Urchins have been constructed as children’s bedroom at Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Sri Lanka.
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