Making sure that there's enough shelter available for populations displaced by war is a challenge of cost and scale. Fortunately, challenges of cost and scale are something businesses can be really good at. Ikea, best known for making assemble-at-home furniture for poor college kids and divorced men, has a charitable arm, the Ikea Foundation, that's working with the UN Refugee Agency to test new, better, easily assembled shelters for refugees.
The shelter pictured above costs around $1,000 and can house a family of five. It even includes a solar panel that powers both a lamp and a USB outlet. A handful of the shelters have been tested in Ethiopia, as well as in camps in Iraq and Lebanon designed for Syrian refugees.
The video below shows a shelter being assembled:
So refugee house is better then in what half the world lives.
If I were on my own, I think I could live in it most of the time!
I'd build mine with the window next to the door.
It looks like the windows are modular and can be placed wherever you want them
make one for homeless too just one or 2 persons! maybe something that could he hauled away the next day ! that would be perfect for just one person that would be like 100 or so dollars at best most of the cost probably from solar panels id imagine
Great work by the IKEA Foundation. Interestingly, my research lab at BYU studies mechanical design for the developing world. From January-April 2013 we designed and developed a structure that is very similar to this one. Since we used foldable panels as support, our structure didn't need any pipe framework. Check out our video on YouTube. Just search for "BYU Design Exploration: Modular Home Design"
I"ve been waiting for IKEA to offer houses for a long time. This shelter, if truly livable, is more than enough for me! I would love to get 10 acres of land and put one up there (seems like you can bring it in a pickup truck!) Do you think zoning would be a problem?!