The understanding of architecture and design of spaces as places for protection and perpetuation of human beings is a point of view that has been present explicitly through history […] In our opinion, we should ask ourselves some questions about this sheltering condition of the architectural discipline. Is it the pure and primal intention of buildings? Or does it appear linked to design in a non-detachable way? So the question is, if in a certain way, the only action of delimit and characterizing spaces enables the apparition of refuges that sometimes have protection as their main function, or if any space can be appropriated by us and transformed in a mental shelter where we find ourselves comfortable and, of course, safe. It is possible to sum up everything in just a single question. What is first, architecture or shelters?