sustainable sleeper cells – suzanne husky

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architecture, design

These Sleeper Cells were designed by the French-American artist Suzanne Husky who is concerned with how humans engage with nature. These small simple pods are situated outside and create an intimate home environment. She uses exclusively recycled materials – wood shakes and shingles –  layered into textured patterns that resemble natural or animal forms, growing out of and blending into their surrounding environments.

‘In a broader way – those people who decide to live off the grid and sculpt their houses with recycled material – what I want to highlight is the philosophical choice of living with almost nothing, and being happy with almost nothing. It’s the aesthetic of simplicity and poverty that I like to highlight as well. So that’s probably more the social aspect of globalization, or one of the choices of how to respond to globalization, more generally than just environmental crisis,’ says Husky in an interview with KQED Arts.

These pods explore our intimate relationship with the natural environment around us. Husky aims to highlight problems that relate to the exploitation of natural resources, landscape use and globalization by making us conscious of how we interact with the environment.

This project was a proposal for an off-grid hotel in San Francisco, and was recently exhibited at the YBCA gallery.

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