The DOMO-System is a modular, hexagonal dome tent designed by More than Shelters (MTS) for humanitarian crises. Its base is a fast-folding aluminium frame. Different fly sheet elements, “shells”, can be attached to the frame depending on the needs, and it can be exchanged over the seasons. It comes with a sturdy tarpaulin floor, two window elements, two door elements and two detachable vestibules. Each tent can be connected on all six sides to another unit. It can comfortably sleep 10 people or have 30 occupants for activities.
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There are DOMO systems currently being used as boarding schools and an orphanage in Nepal, shelters and protective rooms for women and children in Greece, and community spaces in refugee camps in Hamburg.
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The structure is made of hollow, sandblasted aluminium.
Cotton shell: 100% cotton, 285 g/m2, 350mm of hydrostatic head
TC shell: 65% polyester, 35% cotton, 185 g/m2, 1000mm of hydrostatic head
RS shell: 100% Ripstop polyester PU, 3000mm of hydrostatic head
SOLID shell (Under development): Insulating sandwich panels
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The DOMO-Systems have three types of interchangeable shells of different material to switch according to need. There is a cotton shell for desert climates, a polyester and cotton shell for tropic weather and a polyester shell for winter. A solid shell is also under development, which would transform the unit into a more permanent shelter. The DOMO-system can be costumized to fit the needs of the client. The DOMO comes in two transport boxes. The boxes can be used as a stepladder for installation. It weighs 131kg, and a 20ft container can fit 33, or in a 40ft container, 45 units.
Shelter can be installed by untrained individuals.
The structure lasts 10 years. The shell parts are interchangeable.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The DOMO-System avoids "one size fits all" and so it seeks to adapt to individual and cultural needs, as well as climate and purposes. It is portable and does not require specialized training or tools to install.
Vetted Performance Status
It is currently going through tests for certification.
It is unknown as to whether sharp tools are needed to assemble the structure; some work is done from heights. There is no information available for combustibility/flame retardancy of materials.
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There are packages that include all items needed for a specific humanitarian purpose, such as emergency accommodation, field offices and base camps, child-friendly spaces, schools and community centers. The DOMO systems can also be acquired for cottaging and other commercial reasons.