Shelter design by London studio

Studio Weave’s elevated shelter. Photo: Bruit du Frigo

French city’s shelters to increase engagement

London-based Studio Weave has created an unusual elevated shelter on the outskirts of Bordeaux, inspired by the traditional water towers in the area. The studio was commissioned to design the shelter by arts and architecture collective Bruit du Frigo, which has established a series of shelters around the periphery of the French city.

The Refuges Périurbains project, developed in collaboration with visual arts organisation Zebra 3, aims to encourage residents and visitors to explore the under-utilised spaces surrounding Bordeaux, and it has installed a network of pedestrianised routes and 12 unique shelters where people can stay overnight.

Studio Weave’s shelter is situated at the end of a path next to the disused water mill and former miller’s house of Le Moulin du Moulinat, which now houses the offices of a wildlife protection association.