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Giant camera by NEON wins St Petersburg cabins contest

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London-based NEON is one of five winners in the international competition to design new summer cabins at the Yarky art hostel in St Petersburg

The studio’s design – featuring a giant camera obscura which guests can sleep inside – will be constructed during the inaugural ‘YARKYFEST’ architecture festival from 19 July to 2 August 2015.

The contest sought proposals for wooden huts – each costing around £3,500 – which can accommodate one or two persons and include facilities similar to a hotel room.

The five victorious teams will receive around £1,800 each and be invited to construct their designs with help from professional builders on the hostel plot in May.

In a statement, NEON said: ‘We are delighted that the Camera House has been chosen as a summer residential unit for Yarkyfest. It is such a unique opportunity to be able reinterpret the traditional hotel room. The other winning designs look fantastic and we are really excited to be a part of this great event.’

Named the Camera House, the scheme features a pinhole camera which ‘projects an ever changing image of the exterior into the inside of the living quarters.’

According to the project description: ‘The camera obscura also has the added bonus of increasing privacy on crowded sites with people unable to view into the room but allowing crystal clear views of the outside.

‘In addition reducing the need for glazed windows helps keep costs down and reduces heat loss.’

NEON was the only UK outfit chosen for the project which was open to architects aged under 35 and received more than 100 entries.

The five winners

  • Cradle by LES architecture studio of St. Petersburg
  • Small Doors by Elisaveta Brilliantova and Anton Yar-Skryabin of St. Petersburg
  • Yarky Hostel by Timofey Shapkin and Dgibilov Alan of Moscow
  • Camera House by NEON studio of London
  • FUNGI HOUSE by Miguel Carro and Hugo Rial of Madrid

The Yarky art hostel is based on Englesa Prospekt in the north of the historic former Russian capital city.

The structures will remain on site after the festival closes.






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