Competition Details

community shelter

by Marjolein van Houten

This concept is based on the advantages of a larger construction as opposed to smaller hut-like shelters:

• Safety is a big problem amongst refugees, especially when large amounts of people have to be sheltered. This shelter is designed to create a community of about 30 people. Each refugee will know every person who is living in his shelter. There will be a lot more social control. This can help to prevent crime like sexual assault and theft and make refugees feel safer.
• Families can remain living together. The interior of the shelter can be arranged in a modular way. Families of any size can create their private living space.
• The modular character and size of the shelter make it possible to arrange it as school, hospital, food storage, etc.
• It is feasible to give each shelter its own toilet facilities.
• Costs can be kept low because they are spread over more people.
• There is sheltered shared space to be used during the rainy season.

Area of deployment:

This shelter is designed to be deployed in Indonesia, the Philippines and South East Asia. It is build to function in a tropical climate with a dry and a rainy season. Shelter from rain and ventilation are the main requirements. Cultural factors are taken into account like communal living and the importance of family life. The materials used (steel and plastic sail) are low cost to prevent locals from selling components. The materials are long lasting. The shelter can be dismantled and used elsewhere so it will not have a local environmental impact. No expensive tools or machinery are needed for assembling.