The Terpling Urban Sleeper is one of the only fully folding, free standing, self-contained designs currently in existence.
Its convenient design allows for the unit to be packed up within a matter of seconds if required.
The structural poles for the design are built in and none-removable but I can’t help but feel that there would be more structural integrity if the poles were angled and met at the top of the frame.
- Compact Design
- Large front opening
- No assembly required
- Contained structural elements
- Fully Waterproof
- Design allows for excess water to drip off naturally. Plenty of ventilation will prevent mildew forming.
- Due to folding design it’s harder to build in a roll mat
- Limited visibility top and behind
- Lack of ventilation
- Hot in summer
- Could collapse (domino effect) under high winds/rain
- Not kept taught length ways
- No mosquito nets
The Zo-loft Wheelly is Zo-loft architecture and design‘s attempt at developing a portable homeless shelter.
Whilst the Zo-loft is an interesting design concept I think it is lacking severely in terms of practicality. It’s far too big, heavy and expensive to manufacture to realistically think that it would be suitable as a homeless shelter. It seems like the designers were not concerned about the practicality of their design.
Along with many other issues I personally have with the shelter, the shape of it doesn’t make sense to me.
Interesting to look at but negative issues far outweigh any positive points I’m afraid.
- Durable when in transit
- Multiple layout options
- Made from recycled materials
- Lots of storage space
- Weather proof whilst in transit
- Excessively BIG & Heavy
- Not discrete
- Awkward to push around
- No built in roll-mat or protection from the ground
- Poor ventilation
- Not waterproof on bottom
- Awkward design is not space efficient
- Unstable in wind
- Poor visibility
- Expensive to manufacture