Architects for Society
The Hex House, designed by Architects for Society, is a shelter that can be rapidly deployed that aims to provide an “affordable, dignified, and comfortable space”
The Hex House, designed by Architects for Society, is a shelter that can be rapidly deployed that aims to provide an “affordable, dignified, and comfortable space”. In addition to being used for emergency shelters, it was designed for long-term housing. Due to its hexagonal shape, the unit is modular, and several can be arranged next to each other or joined for enhanced thermal performance.Interview with designer
The system also allows the inhabitants to be part of the design process by giving them the power to compose the prefabbed components into custom modular spaces. This not only further reduces the overall process, associated time and money, it also gives them a sense of ownership. The home’s ability to be easily modified with minimal disruption gives families the capacity to expand their space over time, as they grow. Adding sustainable features like solar panels, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting and biogas toilets give families more independence and operational savings. Interview with representative
Architects for Society aims to build their first prototype once enough money has been fundraised, as of June 2016.
This product is a prototype.
Initially, Architects For Society worked with Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden to develop a rapidly deployable shelter prototype for Syrian refugees in Alzaatari Camp in Jordan. It is now designed to easily adapt to almost any location in the world.^(Interview with designer)
Architects for Society is currently developing plans with international agencies for a distribution strategy. Interview with representative
This design is suggested to cost about $15,000-20,000 to create.
Hexayurt, Lumadome, Lifeshelter, other deployed temporary housing structures, open tent, and slums. With the urgent need for affordable and disaster housing in the world today, the landscape appears to be competitive with a number of different housing solutions that are being proposed almost every day. Interview with representative
Any individuals or families that have been displaced from their homes due to natural or man-made disasters
This product is yet to be produced in mass.Interview with designer
The walls, roof and floor are fabricated from rigid foam insulation sandwiched between two sheets of steel known as Structural Insulated Panel (SIP). All exterior wall panels have the same dimension 3M x 4M with some variations for door and window openings. The roof and floor panel sizes are also standardized, ensuring efficiency in fabrication, packing, and transportation. The inherent structural stability of the hexagonal form of the house and the rigid construction of Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) preclude the use of added structural support. The wall and roof panels are designed to be self-supporting and when locked together with integral locking joints, form a rigid structural shell. The basic building components are galvanized tube steel for the base, structural insulated metal panel for walls, floor and roof and can be customized with conventional interior and exterior finishes. Interview with representative
The Hex House is the intellectual property of Architects For Society. The design has been registered with the U.S. Copyright office, and they are working to secure a patent. ^(Interview with representative)
They are working on constructing an actual prototype and will test it for user feedback. ^(Interview with representative)
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Number of individuals. 1 family = 5 persons.
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The Hex House is a 431-square-foot (40-square-meter) unit that is largely made of steel and foam Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), which can be flat-packed and delivered by truck to a building site. Each Hex House contains two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and a small porch. It also features a rainwater harvesting system, underground water storage tanks, and rooftop solar panels that can power lighting and small electronics. The prototype is based on insulated metal panel technology, and the basic building components are galvanized tube steel for the base, structural insulated metal panels for the walls, floor, and roof, and can be customized with conventional interior and exterior finishes.
Each individual unit is 40 square meters, though the designer suggests for multiple to be paired up. For example, two may join, form an 80 sq. meter home with 3-4 bedrooms.
According to AFS (Architects for Society), “the basic building components are galvanized tube steel for the base, structural insulated metal panel for walls, floor and roof and can be customizes with conventional interior and exterior finishes”.
They designed the Hex House to be easily assembled by end users and if required, training and support will be provided. ^(Interview with representative)
15-20 years (estimated)
The performance will be vetted by the design team and a sample of different user groups once the prototype is complete ^(Interview with representative)
Testing will be done by the manufacturer.^(Interview with representative)
The Hex House can be retrofitted with sustainable features like solar panels, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting and biogas toilets, to give families more independence and operational savings
There is no academic research cited for this product.
The designer aims for the Hex House to meet international standards for temporary housing once they develop their prototype. Interview with representative
They are currently developing a methodology for evaluating the prototype which is a work in progress. Interview with representative
Check this page for a construction diagram.
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