Competition Details

Modular Cardboard-Shelter

by Tobias Bexten

The modular shelter is an alternative to the tent – the commonly used refuge in refugee-camps. Having the appearance of an house more than a tent, it provides the chance for the refugees to live with more dignity and privacy in the camp.
A modular construction of serveral parts allows the quick installation of each shelter without any problems.

Additionally there is the possibility to connect several housings to bigger buildings and arrangements, like a shelter for a family with several seperated rooms [fig. A], a village-shelter with a centered hall framed by living-shelters [fig. B] or contructions with much wider space for storage-buildings, group-/religious-meetings or emergency-hospitals [fig. C].
All these building-scenarios are accomplishable with just the basic elements of a shelter. With these modules at hand, the setup of a better organized shelter is possible because the infrastructure of the refugees´ former environment can be emulated in order to establish a certain feeling of normality among the camp, which makes the future resettlement of the refugees to their home habitation easier.

The materials used for this shelter is overall environmental-friendly. The wall-elements are made of foldable impregnated sheets of cardboard, to keep wind and rain away from the inside of the housing. Poles and connectors are made of pressed natural fibres.
Since all used materials are of natural origin and therefore decomposable, unused shelters of a makeshift-camp can be left behind without having to worry about harmful substances leaking into the ground while parts are decomposing.
For the construction the wall elements can be folded in a special manner, turning a sheet of cardboard into a stable wall. At the same time the elements can be folded up, so that they can be simply stored on a europallet with all other parts needed for a shelter.