Kimberly McDonald

Kimberly McDonald

Pittsburgh, PA, US


Shelter at the Fence

Initially, this project began by ultimately defining the notion of shelter as space where one begins to reject exterior influences and focus on inward and self-reflection. Rooted on one end of Carnegie Mellon University’s famed Fence - a painted message board and gathering space for the student body - this project was ultimately built full scale utilizing 1/2" plywood and 2x4s.

Working in a team of five, this project focused on creating a hierarchy of enclosed spaces in which one could begin to be sheltered. The topmost cantilevered level opens towards adjacent projects and colonizes over the bustling path below, while the lower platforms are surrounded by three walls and a roof, allowing the more traditional sense of shelter to be present, as one of the parameters of the project was to allow two people to sleep overnight within the structure.

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Status: Built
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US
My Role: Team Lead
Additional Credits: Kairavi Chahal, Anika Jung, Elizabeth Madigan, Robin Wohlforth


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