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NORTHERN SLED

By: Simon McKenzie


Introduction Ever since the dawn of civilization, humanity has been pushing the boundaries of its own existence. Nomadic living is brought to a new level of serenity and self identity as the “Northern sled� emerges into the architectural world. As snowflakes collide with the earth, you gaze across the vast, white horizon. Every breath lingers in the cold, crisp air. The only sounds are of dogs panting, a slow breeze whistling through your hair, and the sound of your own heart beating. This is the Great North. This light-weight vessel supports one individual with storage on both of the sides and the front. Solar panels fuel a heated floor. Solar energy also powers two lights, which illuminate from below the floor, creating diffused light throughout the space. At night, the floor lifts to reveal a warm bed. The roof is composed of a heat-absorbing polycarbonate resin. As one lies down, the transparent ceiling provides a view to the stars above. This vessel attempts to break the boundary between humanity and the natural world. It allows the individual to dwell closer than ever before to the immense beauty of this hostile environment.

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The Vision Program Survival Kit Smart Materials/Sustainable Technology Components

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THE VISION

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ENVIRONMENT This vessel is a direct response to the landscape that it inhabits. Its design puts priority on nature and its relationship with the individual. There is no gasoline. It moves with a team of dogs. Its monochromatic color scheme is inspired by the neutral colors of the Great North.

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NATURE The size of the vessel is strategically small. Not only must it be light enough to be pulled by a team of dogs, but it also should encourage the occupant to go out and experience nature. Even when inside the structure, the individual is constantly in touch of the landscape.

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THE VIEW In this vessel, the architecture is used to frame the outside.

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PROGRAM

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ROOF PLAN 1:50

VIEW TO ABOVE

WARM MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE

DOOR STORAGE (PROTECTED BY MESH) TOILET STORAGE BED (WITH REMOVABLE CLADDING ABOVE) SECTION 1:50

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HEATED FLOOR (POWERED BY SOLAR PANELS)

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The driver has a direct line-of-sight ahead.

The transparent structure in front of the driver protects them from the cold winds

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DRIVE

LOUNGE

ENTER

UNPACK

RELIEVE

REST

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MULTI-FUNCTIONAL LIVING SPACE STORAGE

STORAGE

RECYCLED WOOD

SOLAR POWERED FLOOR SYSTEM

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1. Solar panels cover the surface of the front as flexible metal straps hold it closed. 2. The front compartment opens, reveiling a net. This provides extra security for the storage underneath. 3. The front may also lift off. This action transforms the security net into a seat.

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SURVIVAL KIT

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SURVIVAL KIT a. Fire Starting Equipment (1) Matches (2) Magnifying glass (3) Flint and steel (4) Lighter (5) Potassium permanganate, with container of sugar or anti-freeze (6) Pre-packaged tinder b. Water Procurement Item (1) Water disinfecting chemicals -Iodine tablets -Betadine solution -Iodine solution -Bleach (2) Metal container (serves for boiling water) -Any suitable can that contained no petroleum products. (3) Water carrying items -Canteen -Plastic/metal/glass container that contained no petroleum products c. Food Procurement Items (1) Fish -Various-sized hooks -Various-sized sinkers/weights -Metal leaders and swivels -Small weighted jigs -Fishing line (2) Game -Snares -Fixed bladed knife -Sharpening stone -Aircraft cable -Tie wire -Bait (cheese Spread, Jelly, or Peanut Butter) -Cord for Gill Net and Trap Construction -Engineer/Marking Tape -Sling shot rubber and pouch -Large treble hooks

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d. Signalling Items (1) Day -Mirror -Whistle -Pyrotechnics (smoke, pen flares) -Air panels/brightly coloured material (2) Night -Pyrotechnics (pen flares, star clusters) -Lights (Flashlight, Strobe, Chemical light) -Whistle e. Shelter Items (1) Cordage -Cord -Tie wire (2) Finger saw (3) Tent supplies -poncho -space blanket f. First Aid Items (1) Band-aids -Adhesive tape -Non-stick pads, 4x4’s, gauze -Bandage (2) Ointments -Burn -Anti-septic (3) Miscellaneous -Salt -Sugar -Eye wash -Alcohol prep pads -Suture Kit g. Miscellaneous items. (1) Fingernail clippers. (2) Compass. (3) Notebook with pen or pencil. (4) Surgical tubing.

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Smart Materials/Sustainable Technology

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Northern Sled Smart Materials/Sustainable Technology


Not only is the sled pulled by dogs (ecofriendly), but there are also a number of sustainable technologies integrated into the design. Solar Panels: -Flexible epoxy solar energy cell panel -Effortlessly wraps around the unique curvature of the structure -Can withstand high wind-pressure and snow loads, as well as extreme temperature variation -3% to 5% power output tolerance guaranteed, ensuring return on investment -High conversion efficiency based on leading innovations in photovoltaic technologies -High reliability

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FLOOR COVER (TRANSFORMS INTO TENT POLES) FLOOR COVER (TRANSFORMS INTO TABLE)

MATTRESS

HEATING TUBES (SOLAR POWERED)

FLOOR SURFACE

ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTS

INSULATION

BATTERY

FLOOR BOTTOM

EXPLODED FLOOR DIAGRAM

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WELDED FRAME CARBON FIBRE STRUCTURE

HEAT-ABSORBING POLYCARBONATE RESIN (WEIGHS HALF AS MUCH AS GLASS)

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EXPANSION Part of the interior floor can be removed to serve as the framework for a tent. There are eight poles, which allows for a variety of tent variations. The tent serves as both additional space as well as a buffer between the cold weather and the interior of the vessel.

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COMPONENTS

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SOLAR PANELS

HEAT-ABSORBING POLYCARBONATE RESIN

SOLAR PANELS SOLAR PANELS MESH SEAT

PERSPECTIVE 1

FRONT ELEVATION 1:50

TOW CONNECTION DETAIL

FRONT DETAIL 1:20 23

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Shelving

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- Made of recycled materials - Acts as an insulator -Protective net to prevent items falling during motion

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Skis

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- Wood skis with metal bottom - Towing cable is distributed throughout the skiis for maximum pulling force - Low to the ground and wide span to streamline while avoiding rolls

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Heating Tubes - Powered by solar energy - Warms bed during the day

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Lights

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- Solar powered - Energy efficient

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Bed-cover

- Part of the interior floor is removed to reveil the bed

Table

- The floor that is removed has hinges that transform the cover into a multi-use table.

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PERSPECTIVE - SKI CONNECTION DETAIL

PLAN DETAIL - FOOT BOARDS 1:5

SIDE DETAIL - FOOT BOARDS 1:5

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Toilet -Made from recycled plastics -Taken apart quickly - easy to clean

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COMPACT

PORTABLE

LIGHT

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