Lebanese American University architecture students designed and built an emergency shelter out of plastic crates. The 1:1 scale prototype was erected on the site at LAU’s byblo campus, and each of its plastic “building blocks” acts as both a structural element and a storage unit.
Third year architecture students at the Lebanese American University were to build temporary structures for an assignment conceptualized by their instructor Richard Douzjian. These were supposed to be built from everyday objects that would be easily assembled by people across the globe, including refugees and others experiencing extreme living conditions.
Plastic crates, commonly used in agriculture, were used as building blocks that can perform both as strong structural support and storage space. Window shutters can be used as seats or table legs, multi-functionality that extends to all other elements of the structure. Compared to conventional tents in areas with similar climate, the plastic crate emergency shelters are naturally ventilated and cooled and provide natural lighting without compromising on the amount of shaded spaces.