Temporary shelters are being seen more and more as natural disasters hit and creative design hits the mark for structures that are not just for a single family, but will make an impact for a larger group of people. These flat packed refuge shelters are a creative way for Ikea to get families the protection they need from natural disasters, harsh weather and help them to get back on their feet for up to 3 years before deteriorating.
Built in about 4 hours and having great materials for sustainability as well as functionality within the home make this shelter a clear winner for me. The interior is somewhat similar to a more structured version of a tent, with bars and an interior lining that sits just as a ‘normal’ shaped home would– peaked roof and all. The homes weigh less than 220 pounds, and cost somewhere in the ballpark of $1,000. With Ikea and the UNHCR backing this project with close to $5 Million, these homes will be a great and transportable way to help out people in all parts of the world to get their lives back on track.