Temporary Shelter

Temporary Shelter

I recently came across the IKEA refugee housing solution that appears to have been around for a couple of years. It got me thinking…

I have a great belief in social justice and in everyone taking part in helping to alleviate someone else’s suffering, in whatever way interests you. As a structural engineer I’d wondered if I could ever be involved in designing products such as these, so I thought I’d find out more about what other products are currently available. Below are those that I’ve so far come across.

SpaceMax modules start off the size of a steel carrier, however with clever design each side opens up creating a ceiling, floor and walls, tripling the internal space. Hard to explain, but they have a useful video on the webpage. The space within can then have bathroom, bedroom, kitchenette modules inserted (presumably these are transported within the remaining space in the container shape?).

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