IKEA Designs Flat-Packed Homes For Refugees [Video]
The Swedish furniture group partnered with the UN Refugee Agency and Refugee Housing Unit to make better camp shelters.
IKEA Foundation partnered with The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Refugee Housing Unit, a subsidiary of Swedish non-profit foundation Stiftelsen Svensk Industridesign (SVID), for a two-year project to create better homes for the children and their families in refugee camps.
Currently, camp shelters consist of large canvas tents that don’t really hold up as permanent homes for refugees who can sometimes spend several years in a refugee camp.
To create better shelters for the refugees, IKEA developed a prototype for a flat-packed home that is easy to transport and install in the camps. The prototype shelters are designed to be modular, better-ventilated, and are built with a renewable energy source.
The prototype is currently being tested by Somali refugees living in UNHCR camps in Ethiopia. Refugees taking shelter in the flat-packed houses will be giving their feedback on the houses to help improve the design.
For more about the project, watch this video.