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Shelter System

SURI Shelter – a Disaster Shelter with a Difference

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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.

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter

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.  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.

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter

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.

Shelter System

Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion

From Danish Art Pavilion to Much Needed School House

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The Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion, designed by Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano will become home to the Kibera Hamlets School in Kibera Nairobi. The school provides children with an education despite a lack of basic necessities such as electricity, drainage, toilets and an adequate roof to keep learning spaces dry from the rain. The pavilion which was curated to form part of a recent exhibition, “Africa: Architecture, Culture, Identity” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, in Copenhagen, will be relocated to its new home as a result of the joint efforts of architectural photographer Iwan Baan, SelgasCano, the Louisiana Museum and London-based creative workspace Second Home.

Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion

SelgasCano Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion 4

The pavilion which is constructed out of materials such as scaffolding, chipboard and hard plastic sheets will house a dozen classrooms for nursery, primary and secondary pupils, as well as new offices, toilets and a kitchen. Hopefully this initiative will spark future initiatives like it; encouraging a move towards rethinking and reusing a structure which may form part of an architectural exhibition in one context yet could take on a second life as a much needed shelter in another.

Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion

Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion