Michael Jantzen’s M-velope

” he M-velope is one of my latest functional art designs for a transformable structure. It was created to provide a special place in which to meditate. The shape and interior light quality of the M-velope can be changed by folding the surface of the structure into many different combinations. Each plane of the surface of the structure is covered with panels that are subdivided in different ways. These panels are hinged to each other, and to the main support frame.

Each panel can be moved and easily attached to the main support frame with pins at two locations. The first fixed position of the panels opens the M-velope in many unexpected ways. The second fixed position opens the structure up much more, and there are many transformations possible when the panels are opened and/or closed in different combinations. The present floor area of the M-velope is eight feet square, and the height is approximately twelve feet depending on how the panels are folded. The size of the entire space can be increased by joining more M-velopes together. There are benches with fold-up backrests built into the space that can comfortably seat at least eight people. The M-velope is designed in a sustainable manner with a steel support frame, and slatted panels made of sustainably grown western red cedar wood, which is stained a green color. The M-velope does not require a foundation, and in most places it would not require a building permit. The entire structure is prefabricated so it can be easily transported to, and assembled onto almost any site. A small solar panel can be mounted onto the M-velope, or nearby, if power is needed for lights, small appliances etc. For more information please visit: www.humanshelter.org