The Metal Pod Cabins
Every year a shelter out of the ordinary stands out on the Playa, treasure of ingenuity or groundbreaking design, Center Camp Café, the Hexayurt, the Van Brink Lerner dome, the Playadome, the Chiton, the Gherkin...
Years of experience have helped refine structural and design glitches making them reliable and familiars sights in a very, most say extremely, disorienting environment.
A better understanding of the terrain in conjunction with a fluid urban layout allows new ideas, new directions to thrive, to break the mold.
Tin Man, FIRST TIMER, smashed it, alone.
Master of his trade, metal, he created amid a busy work schedule, in one year with his foreman Steve, three Metal Cabin Pods with their companion, the Walking Pod.
The result is a radical design, although angular, that transcends the participative and innovative spirit making the fabric of Black Rock City and Burning Man.
Even with best laid plans, the Playa rules: too tired Tin Man couldn't set up the taller third pod and the pointy legs of his mutant vehicule dug into the soft ground, minor set backs.
Can we expect a tiny village next year?
Outstanding Golden Rebar 2012
Hot air rises through the galvanized steel bottom pod, comfortable all times, to the top rusted carbon steel pod cooling off quickly with a vent panel.
Insulation inside each panel kept heat out.
Top pod is the bath with a stainless tube underneath the floor panel made of trap doors. At night the pod was used as bedroom.
A connected taller pod, the loft bedroom, couldn't made it this year but will in 2013.
Water run out the pod via a flexible hose into a grey water drum.
The Walking Pod
Top Speed: 0.2mph (Pershing county LEO hates him)
Carbon Steel Panels 1,800 lbs
2 Gear drives from commercial dishwashers/ solar and wind generator for the 800W battery.
3 months concept and building with his shop foreman, Steve.
Assembled in 2 days, alone.