Lifeshelter LS5-LS6 is a temporary classroom solution for emergency situations. This shelter provides an alternative to the use of tents, and can also be used as a permanent building. The concept draws from housing construction methods that are an alternative to typical corrugated iron-sheeted roof structures, and the design allows for materials such as clay or limestone to be plastered for a solid structure.
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Distributors / Implementing Organizations
This product is mass-produced and distributed through Lifeshelter ApS. This self-supporting building is assembled on-site and it is made of segments of panels following a catenary arch-form. Each arch is made of two curved panels supported by a steel component at the bottom and connected together at the top. The producer offers panels for classrooms 5 m and 6 m wide. The space depth needed determine the number of segments of arches required. The design allows the product to be disassembled, transported and reused in a different location or as the primary part of the roof-structure in a future permanent house. The panels could also be dismantled and use as insulation material for walls or ceilings.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Product can be purchased online, directly from manufacturer.
Distributions to Date Status
Under 100 units of Lifeshelter L5 have been distributed in Somalia, Uganda, and Tanzania. The Lifeshelter L6 is currently under testing.
Intended number of occupants (#)
Speed of assembly (h)
LS5: 120 – 168 h,
LS6: 240 – 336 h
Footprint area (m²)
LS5: 34-48 m²,
LS6: 54-70 m²
Internal volume (m³)
LS5: ~102 m³,
LS6: ~187 m³
Steel reinforced concrete (foundation), stone wool insulation boards reinforced with steel (panels and endwalls), steel frames with bamboo cladding (endwalls), aluminum and galvanized steel net or aluminum and polycarbonate (doors and windows), galvanize steel (floor frame), and waterproof cement cladding (roof).
Flammable flash point temperature (ºC)
The stone wool insulation which is the main component of the structure is a non-combustible material with a flammable flash point temperature of about 2000 °C. Interview with designer
Maximum snow load (kg/m²)
Maximum wind speed (km/h)
The Lifeshelter LS5-LS6 showcases several unique design characteristics. It can be rapidly assembled without complex tools. It is made from durable, low-weight components. It eliminates the need for external wood, steel, and screws, and the manufacturer claims it is stable during the course of an earthquake or storm. The Lifeshelter LS5-LS6 aims to be mobile and reusable for future dwellings. It features an arched structure that provides maximum space and strength to the classroom. Its modular design allows it to be adapted and configured for homes, schools, medical facilities, etc. Each panel for Lifeshelter LS5 weights 14.5 kg and for Lifeshelter LS6 weights 17.5 kg. In addition with changes in dimensions and weight of the panels, the end walls for LS5 and LS6 vary to steel frames with bamboo cladding.
This product is meant to be self-built, constructed by the user. The aim is for this to be a rapid assembly without complex tools, with a minimal use of materials.Interview with designer
Panels are not locally available.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The manufacturer designed this product with the aim of being simple and easy to erect, cost effective, mobile and reusable, well insulated, sturdy, and safe with an adaptable design. In addition, it avoids transitional waste and avoids future slums with the option to plaster the shelter with local materials such as clay or limestone to create a more permanent solid structure.Interview with designer
Vetted Performance Status
Lifeshelter has been tested for technical and structural performance, user satisfaction and logistical and operational challenges by the Copenhagen University in collaboration with IFCR, UNHCR, and UN-Habitat, University of Bath in the UK, and the organization Save the Children. Interview with designer
No specific hazards have been listed.
Complementary Technical Systems
While not provided by the manufacturer, solar panels and floor mats can be added to enhance this technology.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
The design complies with the Sphere standards.
Below are several promotional videos of the product. Improved Health and Living Conditions with Lifeshelter 3 Reasons for Choosing Lifeshelter Lifeshelter Camp 3d Animation Lifeshelter in Kurdish Region Iraq Lifeshelter has received the Danish design Award 2016