Emergency shelter, humanitarian design, Conrad Cargett, Nic Gonsavles, and Nic Martoo, green design, sustainable design, english, modular design, natural disasters, man-made disasters

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits the designer to prefabricate the panels with minimum waste. The plywood and plastic “shingles” that clad each unit can be adjusted for privacy, daylighting and natural ventilation.

The shelter is propped up on seven supports and the interior is lined with shelving, which allows the occupants to store some of their possessions and create a feeling of personal creativity and security. Fabrication requires no mechanical tools and the units are also quickly assembled and disassembled when the need for such housing is gone.

+ Conrad Gargett