Secura | Equitable shelter for security personnel on construction sites.

Architecture Competition

secura

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TIMELINE

Registration Deadline: 9th August 2021

Submission Deadline: 10th August  2021

Result Announcement: 7th October 2021

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INTRODUCTION

Premise

Vigiles Urbani was the force that used to guard the city of Rome and is said to be the origin of today’s security guards. Security guards were called watchmen during medieval times andthem forming a company to serve people by protecting their properties was invented in the 1850s by Allan Pinkerton.

For ages, their roles have been of significance from protecting important personnel to protecting possessions and without their contribution, a lot of our history would have been lost


They risk their lives in ways that might not seem significant and their sacrifices go unnoticed often. They change shifts and spend half the day working and the other half rests. It is our responsibility to provide them an efficient work shelter.


Optimization

Today the living conditions and working conditions of these unsung heroes have slowly become sub-par as people who procure these units think of them as an afterthought. It’s even worse at times for security personnel guarding a spot temporarily, like construction sites / a vacant land where there are no ancillary services to rely upon.


It can be safely said, that their safety and the safety of those whose responsibility lies in their hands are at risk when these guards are worn-down without spaces for proper rest or breaks.


Project scales vary all the time, and so does the geographic location or budget, but is that an excuse worth stating the under-thought design of a security booth?


Why does this space have to be an efficiency problem every time where we expect them to adjust at the same time spending millions on construction projects who they are guarding?


If budget is an issue of serving poor design the masses, can good design work through these constraints?

OBJECTIVE

Brief

If cost is the excuse, let’s find a way to negotiate it with good design.


The challenge here is to design a compact and safe 4m x 2m x 2.5m security cabin/guardhouse that can be built near construction sites and can be dismantled and relocated when needed. The cabin is procured at a lease/rental for project tenure and sent back once its job is complete.


The aim of this exercise is to deliver a universal design regardless of the project budget. The design does not imply to induce riches or costly comfort, but rather bringing more dignity to the daily lives of this security personnel.


Space can be situated in any site or project that would require a security cabin of that scale. Material selections/configurations are kept unrestrained for this challenge and are placed on participants to freeze these based on the above premise.

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