Hex House

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”

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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.


Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

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)

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Architects for Society is currently developing plans with international agencies for a distribution strategy. Interview with representative

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

This design is suggested to cost about $15,000-20,000 to create.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

HexayurtLumadomeLifeshelter, 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

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 1: Aims to provide safe shelter for families and individuals.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Any individuals or families that have been displaced from their homes due to natural or man-made disasters

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