Gallery: LAVAs’ Disaster Relief Prefab Pod Is Both Funky and Functional

This weekend, the Emergency Shelter Exhibition in Sydney will feature funky and functional prefab units that can be built in the event of a natural disaster. Amongst the many local and international designers at exhibition, Australian design firm, LAVA has created a shelter design that is both resourceful and environmental friendly!

Lava’s emergency shelter is designed for ultimate ease and comfort in the worst of scenarios. Resembling an origami pod, the unit can be cut out of local plywood and assembled or even be dropped off by helicopter in its completed form. A flat-pack is also available, where the pod would be folded into a tiny parcel and filled with locally available emergency material.

The interior of LAVA’s emergency shelter can be carved out of recycled wood, cardboard, or even newspaper. Their prefab design includes sleeping space for two adults and one child and another tiny slot for reading or eating. Battery or solar powered LED lights illuminate the pod, turning the whole unit into a glowing lantern.

Though LAVA has created a model structure, they believe in the options and involvement of its inhabitants, making sure all design features are flexible enough for individual expression.

The Emergency Shelter Exhibition aims to raise awareness of the need for aid within a community in the event of natural disasters and the incredible role designers and architects could play in saving lives.

The weekend-long exhibition is being held at the Customs House forecourt in Sydney.


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