Every year, This Is Black Rock City presents the “Golden Rebar Awards” to camps that show innovative architecture. This year, there were some truly spectacular winners. Philippe Glade says:
This year, 2014 (my 18th burn), the streets of BRC were bursting with either small or huge shelters as well as makeshift or well planned camps. It was the year of the connectors, several designers came up with metal, wood or acetate resin nodes, resulting in easy to pack and assemble structures.
The city became more than ever a vibrant laboratory for daring creators looking in different directions to solve the equation of a simply built, extremely resistant, not too expensive and easy to haul shelter.
Because they are not mentioned on any maps I have to explore relentlessly all the streets of my dusty city in search of the diamond in the rough.
The result of this urban exploration is this blog and these Golden Rebars that, hopefully, with discernment and a bit of zaniness I award on the merits of creativity, design and architectural breakthrough.
Cloud Extruded by Frannie Marchese
Golden Rebar for Creativity
Using cut strips of insulation panels, the same used to build hexayurts,
Frannie spent 5 days preparing her shelter that was setup on the playa in
The ubiquitous markings of the insulation panels were painted over and coded for fast installation
She even had a marine toilet connected to a grey water tank.
The Playa Painted Lady
Golden Rebar for Whimsicality
Three story high with a top deck, this house could easily be found in pre-war Vienna, Europe.
The Pallet Palace
Golden Rebar for Repurposing
A frame of recycled 2×4 held the walls made of used pallets
Other use of pallets
Red Lightning Camp
Golden Rebar for Best Camp Design
This superb camp was designed and built by GuildWorks, founded by Mar C. Ricketts, who by serendipity was featured in my book (now sold-out) with his poetic installation Flight of the Future Seed in 2006.
This architect of the air also designed last year golden rebar winner for best camp design Sacred Spaces Village.
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The second one was at my camp burners without boarders, it was really cool watching it go up. I helped where I could while building camp but the man who designed it had a great plan and made it for him and his daughters to stay in for the burn.
Apparently the official name for it was Hundertwasser camp. Hundertwasser was a phenomenal architect from Austria who relocated to New Zealand, his colorful style is quite distinctive.
Thank you for your blog and independent reporting, burnersxxx, and kudos on your holiday. Philippe has awesome photos of Caravancicle, whom won the Golden Rebar for Glamping.
We are the Pallet Palace!! We are so honored to be given this award, thank you Black Rock City!! The Pallet Palace was designed an built by Brian Hirdman 🙂
love to see the up-cycling. How did it perform in the heat?
Surprisingly it stayed cool during the day and warm at night!
Awesome. This is my favorite part of Burning Man, all the myriad ways reasonably sized and funded camps construct their shelters. Riding through the streets, looking at the camps and stopping in at those that catch my eye is always the highlight of my week.
What wonderful ideas…. That Tipi I wish that was my home its was so cool how they add the leafs and great colors…. Looks like a great place to do some chilling…..