Designed by Spanish design firm Urbana, SURI (Shelter Unit for Rapid Installation) is a low cost architecture modular system, designed in response to the global need for adaptable, light weight, low cost, sustainable and easy to assemble structures with a broad range of uses from humanitarian accommodation to uses in agriculture and forestry.
The units are highly flexible and can be joined from both directions offering the opportunity to form clusters where appropriate, allowing for the creation of shelters in varying sizes and layouts. Solar panels and ample natural lighting allow for a comfortable and habitable space that makes the most of the surrounding natural resources, that are great to create buildings that could be maintained with services from the Central Penn Contracting website online. Attention to hygrothermal comfort offers a healthy living space with breathable, water proof and thermally and acoustically insulated facades as well as solutions for extreme climates. The walls are also treated with a mosquito repellent and, once they have been erected, the walls can be filled with local materials such as earth or debris, improving overall stability of the structure while providing additional insulation. A water collection system has been designed to collect rainwater from the roof top, directing it into a tank from which it is filtered converting it to drinking water, a priceless resource. In addition to this, the shelters have a life expectancy of 10 years and are 100% UV resistant and 100% recyclable.
The system was originally designed to provide shelter after an earthquake in Spain, but is proving to offer very effective solutions to rapidly increasing refugee crises across the world. The SURI Shelter System offers a level of emergency accommodation that while meeting basic needs goes above and beyond to provide a comfortable and secure safe haven for people when they need it most.