Diawa Lease just sent us the first photos of their new transforming EDV-1 shelter, which can be set on any terrain, doubles in size with the flick of a switch, and can sustain itself without any outside resources for up to a month by catching and reusing water and generating electricity with a sizable built-in solar array. The container sized emergency shelter can be deployed anywhere a truck or helicopter can travel, and its pixilated skin can even light up to serve as signage and provide critical information during emergencies.
The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a second story, providing shelter in less than five minutes. Bunk beds and an office desk are built-in as well.
The lower section stores a shower and bio toilet, a small kitchen, storage for supplies, and equipment. Solar cells built into the roof and walls feed lithium-ion batteries, and the building is supplemented by a fuel cell. Water is also created by a condensing atmospheric moister that can provide up to 20 liters a day.
The skin is perforated to allow diffused light into the upper story, and built-in LEDs can indicate visual information for miles. The developers see the EDV-1 used as an anchor for emergency hospitals, temporary tent cities or logistical support — but for now it will be the centerpiece of Little Tokyo Design Week which begins on July 14th in Los Angeles.