The Quonset Hut is a simple half cylindrical structure commonly used as temporary space for storage and living spaces. The inside space is strengthened by steel ribs and the outer shell is usually made from corrugated steel. It is typically found in farmhouses and warehouses.
When an individual is asked if he wants to build one for himself, the personal short answer is “not now.” This is because the hut it seems is at home in sprawling rural settings where there is a lot of space to accommodate its large floor area. The urban application may be a little different because of this factor. It is often unthinkable for an urban dweller to see him inside a farm-based structure when a better use for the space can be used for multistory buildings.
However, the evidence of Quonset Huts’ influence is seen through many standing structures. The basis of these buildings’ designs are quite similar to the usual Quonset semi circular cross section reinforced with steel ribs and covered with corrugated steel sheets. Among the many advantages are the relatively short construction time, availability of materials and the large sprawling livable space created in just a short period.
The Quonset Hut design is not lacking for that matter in copycats. The following are just a few examples of the many possible uses of the Quonset Hut design. One of the first few buildings to be constructed are the army barracks made from corrugated steel that afforded soldiers an improvement to their large tents and log cabin housing units. A group of huts strung together may be maintained for several decades if the right materials are used.
This use gives way to warehouse type structures where from the inside several shelving structures are included to replace bed bunks and other living quarters. It was estimated that more than 100,000 Quonset huts were used WWII paving the way for a possible Hut designed community which did happen when single –family units used the spaces. University students can make use of the same space for their dorms and quarters.
Soon enough, other institutions took notice and it was not unusual to see small churches and small businesses such as cafeterias to use the Quonset hut design. Almost every state in the contiguous United States up to the northern territories has made their homes from this basic design. You may even find the m in other continents such as Northern Africa. The typical Midwest farmhouse looks like this cylindrical spaces as well.
Built to last and made from practically available materials, the Quonset Hut may seem antiquated but it seems its usefulness has gone way past its predicated estimated design life. The reason may be that it remains unpretentious in the way it serves its occupants- whether for living quarters or for warehousing storage. From domesticated animals, to stored goods, to farm equipment, and to people. The Quonset Hut has provide a home for all these occupants. It may not be long before a new version comes about and people see a new facet of this simple structure.