Architects for Society designs hexagonal housing system for disaster areas

Social action group Architects for Society (AFS) has designed a long-stay home for use in disaster areas.

The affordable and "dignified" off-grid Hex House is designed to be shipped to a disaster area in pieces and can be assembled by the people who will be living in it.

The hexagonal home contains a galvanized steel tube for the base, structural insulated metal panel for walls, floor and roof, and can be customised with conventional interior and exterior finishes.

The shape of the building means that it does not need any additional support, and multiple homes can be joined easily, thereby sharing heat energy.

The structure collects rain water, is powered by solar panels and contains ventilation shafts that can be moved to provide optimum cooling.

The home can be built by unskilled builders, contains typical home amenities and can endure "extended occupancy from 15 to 20 years".

ASF is made up of designers from the US, Europe and the Middle East, and describes itself as "a non-profit design practice with a mission to enhance the built environment of disadvantaged communities through innovative architecture and design".

You can help fund the project here.

Recently a Turkish designer created a pop-up emergency shelter, the UN has ordered 1,000 Ikea flat pack refugee shelters and a Californian has artist created a $30 home.

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