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We’ve all seen IKEA’s innate ability to transform any area into a cozy, homey space (just look at how comfortable their store displays are), and taking on disaster and refugee relief is a no brainer for the company. Until the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR
 
We’ve all seen IKEA’s innate ability to transform any area into a cozy, homey space (just look at how comfortable their store displays are), and taking on disaster and refugee relief is a no brainer for the company. Until the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world.

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced citizens will not only have privacy and comfort, but the dignity of having their own place.

IKEA’s shelters come flat packed, making for the easy transport of lightweight plastic shelters at once. Assembly of the 188 square foot hut is easy and can be built in just four hours. Five people can sleep comfortably inside, which is twice the size of the regulation refugee tent. The best part, the homes have solar paneled roofing, allowing inhabitants to generate their own electricity, extinguishing the need for candles or kerosene lamps. The roof also helps to deflect solar reflection by 70%, keeping the interior cool during the day and warmer at night.

The new IKEA/UNHCR shelters will make their first be deployed in Ethiopia next month.

+ IKEA Foundation

Via Fast Company

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  1. Mike Kennedy March 31, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    How much does a unit cost? I would think that will ultimately be what determines how many will be deployed.

  2. SPACEMAX March 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

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  3. John Miller March 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    How much does one cost?? Where can you buy them??

  4. Gabriel December 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

    These shelters are excellent for displaced persons such as are present on the island of Jamaica and should be made available to those in need of them by the government of Jamaica.The cost of building the elaborate homes that Jamaicans want to occupy despite quite often very basic educational backgrounds and social skills development is what fuels the fire for egotistical competition and contestation in an extended community of debtors to the tune of over a trillion dollars.These economic structures could give dignity to many people without them going in desperate pursuit of murder and mayhem. They would also make it unnecessary for people to steal electricity from the power supply company by way of illegal connections.Please send me information on these homes at qoinst@gmail.com.

  5. diablo53901 December 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Where can a future homeless person get one of these?? I’m pretty sure that I will be homeless soon, due to disability and unemployment.

  6. Jackie Lambertson November 30, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I want one
    How can I buy one of these.

  7. cujo1947 November 30, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Can the general public purchase one of these Kits and what would the cost be?? Thank you (joe_sargent2000@yahoo.com)

  8. kansas0gal@gmail.com November 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Awesome

  9. Al L. Santos November 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Execlllent!, Hurry to deliver thousands of those shelters to Filipinas, now!. Tnhanks.

  10. walter fernando rojas tezen walter fernando rojas t... November 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    muy interesante..felicitaciones

  11. daverrr November 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Seems like a temporary solution that will just create more garbage around the world. There already exists a tent like solution that when you soak becomes like concrete when dried. They would be much better panels. More stable and safer for inhabitants. This is a fail of design. More in the way design for failure and need for replacement crap thought process. Sorry i don\\\’t buy into this theory.

  12. Andrew M September 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

    We have been building refugee shelters since 1965, and there are shelters we erected in 1967 for Palestinian refugees for UNWRA which are still in use outside Amman, Jordan. See http://www.conport.com
    Our Conport 21 system was developed to withstand winds of 120 mph and sandstorms of the kind you get in the Middle East. It is evident to us that the IKEA system will not withstand these conditions. (For example the We have other systems we have developed over the years using our experience gained from working in over 40 countries, often with UNHCR.
    The obvious material to use for cladding is steel, as it is economical, strong, long lasting and has good fire performance compared with plastic. Using steel eliminates the need for a frame.
    For insulation fibreglass is the most economical, not least because it compresses to 1/5th of its volume for transport and does not give off noxious fumes in a fire.
    We have nearly 50 years experience in this field and it is depressing to see the wheel being reinvented, particularly in such an obviously impractical way! We would be happy to work with IKEA, (or anyone else), in order to come up with a practical solution.

  13. Charles Nutter September 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

    IKEA did what the US government could not do even with government spending in the billion$. A price of 1000$ each would make a game changer in housing. Next, city, county and state regulators must drop their ridiculous rules that prevent erecting viable structures for those that need them. Nothing wrong with inspectors looking after safety and health issues but government has gotten out of hand on regulation.

  14. Leah Koonce August 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Do you do donations for homeless organizations? Homelessness is also a disaster and health care issue. I see someone below has also expressed interest in these for the homeless/houseless. These really are wonderful and needed. Please contact me if these can be donated to those in need. I belong to a homeless activist/advocate group and they would be the recipients, not me. Thanks.

  15. agtip August 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I am in the process of hand-building a home in the forests of Montana … rather than living in a tipi, this little survival unit would be perfect … plus it would have numerous other uses around the place. How much for one? Where/when can I get one? CAN I get one?

  16. Ruth Vallejos August 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I could see IKEA marketing these to the non-huddled masses for back-yard sheds, temporary cabins in the summer, etc. And, with the proceeds, help fund more shelters for the needy. It would be a win win!

  17. Sherry Abbott-Brooks July 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    What will be the cost of these flat shelter.. and any thoughts about making something like it for someone like me.. low income and disabled..( maybe a village of them) would also be wonderful for the homeless.. I would be in heaven with something like that

  18. liaisonsus June 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    What a brilliant concept and why don’t they use it here for the homeless?

  19. Abdulkareem179@hotmail.com June 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Superb and a workable concept. It is about time large corporations took their social responsibilities seriously. With world problems of shelter for those who have been forced to move, loose their dignity and privacy because of a mindless few can now be addressed better. Maybe we can now say that in this new century we actually have moved a little closer to social autonomous integration without borders where a fellow human’s life comes first before monetary values.

  20. oldman June 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

    what if it gets cold. its looks great and yes i would like one but looks like it would only work in warm wether. and with all te plastic is it safe to cook in there if it was needed ?

  21. Ian Katz June 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

    “The roof also helps to deflect solar reflection by 70%, keeping the interior cool during the day and warmer at night.”

    How does deflecting solar radiation keep it warmer at night?

  22. mohayte60 June 27, 2013 at 2:21 am

    i like.

  23. Daniel Knoll June 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    hoping that these are made out of “recycled” plastic parts,,i.e. soda bottles

  24. Daniel Knoll June 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I completely get the humanitarian, larger purpose of it\\\’s creation, but I still want one!…(unfortunately, while the IKEA prices are amazingly unbeatable, it\\\’s the delivery that always makes the purchase questionable…)

  25. FrankandAngel Batey June 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Brilliantly simple idea, well done designers!

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