Lifeshelter is a shelter for rehousing projects around the world. This rehousing solution provides an alternative to the use of tent-houses and provides a temporary rehousing in emergency situations, as well as being able to be repurposed for permanent housing. 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.
Middle East, Africa
Goal 1 and 3: Aims to provide basic shelter for refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).
This product is mass-produced and distributed through Real Relief and The Level Market. Two units put together form an arch (a catenary) and additional arches can be added to meet the desired length of the shelter. The rugged structure is self-supporting. Its 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.
Product can be purchased online, directly from manufacturer.
Number of individuals. 1 family = 5 persons.
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The Lifeshelter showcases several unique design characteristics. It can be rapidly assembled without 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 aims to be mobile and reusable for future dwellings. It features an arched structure that provides maximum space and strength to the shelter. Its modular design allows it to be adapted and configured for homes, schools, medical facilities, etc.
The product comes in two models: basic and plus.
“Basic” contains 16 panels, has soft end walls, and has an area of 18 m^2. The weight and packed size of a complete packed shelter will consist of one package that can be broken down into smaller packages of weights suitable for transport by two people. The mass of each smaller package is no more than 50kg. Package will contain: panels, PVC soft-end walls, metal frame, nylon straps, cover tarp, plastic connection tubes, and a tightening kit.
“Plus” contains similar components. The main differentiator is that for the “plus” version, the walls are solid end.
This product is meant to be self-built, constructed by the user. The aim is for this to be a rapid assembly without tools, with a minimal use of materials.Interview with designer
Replacement components are not locally available.
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
The performance was proved through multiple iterations and trials of testing in different environments. Lifeshelter was tested by 34 families in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Testing done by the manufacturer.
No specific hazards have been listed.
Solar panels, shelter kits, and floor mats all have the potential to enhance this technology.
Academic research has not been cited for this product.
Field testing has been done by the manufacturer on weight, portability, ease of assembly and scaling up production.
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