Host_University of Manitoba "Container"
A multifunctional "Container".
Must be constructed from one 1m x 1m sheet of either plastic, wood, or metal.
The project must be easily communicable for an external fabricator.
DripRack began with the concept of eliminating puddles typically found at doorways due to the snow and water collected by shoes.
Time-lapse photography was used to determine the amount of excess water produced by a pair of shoes on an average winter day, and was found to be significant. To utilize this water in a useful way, a shoe rack which channels excess water into a planter was developed.
Salt-tolerance and livability in low-light/low-water conditions were important factors in the selection of DripRack's vegetation. Wheatgrass was chosen for its quick growth and possession of the above qualities.
Through a series of 1:1 models, a form which uses an angular plane to drain water was produced. DripRack keeps shoes raised above the planter by using a steel strip elevated slightly above the plane - allowing water to run underneath. Flaps on each side of the angular plane keep the shoes within the surface and provide attachment surfaces for the steel strip.
DripRack was manufactured through a series of digital drawings and communication with a fabricator. Constructed from 16-gauge stainless steel to resist corrosion, DripRack is the smart solution for puddles at your doorway.
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