Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Pallet House

For our penultimate look at shedlike structures for disaster areas this week here's The Pallet House by I-Beam Design which aims to be a transitional shelter for refugees returning to Kosovo. Here's what they say about it:
"There was a need for an alternative shelter to the typical tent solution that could transform a temporary living condition into a permanent home. It is an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. It has since become our aim to develop the project to serve not only refugees in disaster stricken areas but also as a modular, prefabricated solution to affordable housing everywhere that can improve people’s lives, the environment, society and even inspire greater diplomacy among the various cultures of the world."
As you can see, it's built of wooden pallets (around 100 are need to make a 16' by 16' shelter). Lots more details and photos at the I-Beam site.

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