Competition Details


by JMountfort
Co-authors: Luke Walker

Combune is designed as a universal short – medium term shelter that is cost effective, lightweight, strong, easily deployed & erected with an emphasis on housing as many people in moderate comfort as possible.
Combune creates sub-communities within the body of displaced people. Each container sized pack contains the material to create ten nine room structures each housing 80-96 people.
A typical kit would include
410 panels
10 roof tarps with thermal lining
10 ablution blocks with composting toilets
10,000l bladder to hold water
First aid supplies
Survival blankets

The panels are vacuum formed recycled HDPE or PP depending on cost and availability. In the form there are ribs to add strength, Domes to connect panels together and a door which is simply cut around to a designated point post construction to allow operation. Each "hexagon" module consists of 3 folded sheets. The modules then tessellate clipping together to create a double wall with a gap, which can be filled as required with an insulation material i.e. earth or a natural fibre filler.
The ceiling is a two part cover, a polypropylene mat spanned across the panels for insulation then covered with a polyethylene tarpaulin material which is secured to the ground with guy ropes. The roof serves to hold the wall sections down.
The floor is a polyethylene tarpaulin cut to shape and domed up between the wall sections
The container is essentially a steel frame which negates the need for a traditional shipping container. Although similar in proportion the frame weighs a lot less, saving money both in shipping and the cost of leasing containers for an indeterminable length of time. the frame can also be disassembled if required
All the materials used in Combune are recycled or easily recyclable.