Sketched Sept. 8, 2017
Drilling and pounding noises filled Occidental Park on Friday afternoon as crews built installations for this year’s edition of the Seattle Design Festival, which starts Saturday and runs through Sept. 22.
There I found a type of construction project Seattle is in dire need of: a homeless shelter.
Billed as the “Mighty House,” the building was nothing more than a 12-by-8-foot room with two windows, metal siding and a roof. But here’s the catch: It comes with an instruction booklet so people without professional construction skills can create it by themselves.
Anton Dekom and Casey Riske, the local architects behind the clever do-it-yourself project, said their goal is to release the manual as an open-source document so the shelters can be easily prefabricated and installed in homeless encampments anywhere. Dekom said he estimates the cost of materials for each tiny house to be about $2,800.
The Mighty House project is a collaboration between Miller Hull Partnership, the architecture firm where Dekom and Riske work; 118 Designs, a nonprofit that teaches woodworking skills in underserved communities; and the Low Income Housing Institute.
The Seattle Design Festival is an event organized by local architects that explores ways to improve life in Seattle through better design and building solutions.