Sam Ingersoll

One detail of the Cocoon Room that was subject to many changes through the iterative process was the storage compartment under the floor. First, the storage space was going to be without walls, then, we decided that it might be beneficial to have walls around the storage space in order to protect the belongings of the individual.

The first design of the walls was to have plywood perpendicular to the floor (image 1). This initial design would have have distinct edges where the plywood connected but would be lightweight. The wall design was then changed in order to fit better with the form of the cocoon (image 2), thin cross sections of plywood parallel to the floor would be stacked to create a wall which would help keep the form of the room. This design proved to be very heavy and would cause the already weighty shelter to be even harder to move.

In the end, the walled storage compartment was abandoned for a storage compartment protected by the cloth covering. This design was much more lightweight, allowed the collapsed form of the shelter to be smaller by about half, and decreased the amount of material used.