“Chimney Hut” is a playful and curious shelter that invites passers by to its warm interior. The hut’s mesh walls draw upon the contour of a traditional cabin but on closer inspection reveal within themselves a long spiraling chimney and a plentiful store of firewood.
Guests are invited to fan the flames in the fireplace using a simple pedal mechanism – helping to heat up the walls of the hut by filling the chimney with hot air.
The design creates a “shelter-machine” focusing on two symbols of warmth – a tall chimney to signal refuge from afar, and a fireplace as the agent of homely comfort. It delivers an intimate experience that asks a visitor to contemplate their own ideas of what is necessary for ‘shelter’ and ‘home’.