An emergency shelter that is an upgrade from temporary tents.

Architect Pieter Stotjesdijk created something every nation might need during a time of distress. ECOnnect is a hybrid between a tent and a four-walled structure that is meant to be a better emergency housing shelter for displaced individuals. This collapsable home can be set up in a few hours, and can be connected to neighboring ones.

The pieces fit together like a giant puzzle, and are made of CNC-milled panels, which are nano-coated to be waterproof. Stotjesdijk digitally-fabricated these interlocking pieces to ensure a seamless fit. The design also features a parabolically-shaped roof – the threefold shape acts like a mirror in the solar power system – and a water collection and purification system.

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