IKEA’s “Better Shelter” recently claimed the title of 2016’s Beazley Design of the Year, and for good reason. This flat-pack shelter, which aims to “improve the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters,” can be assembled in 4-hours or less without tools. Features include: ventilation, solar panels, LED lights and mobile power chargers. The structures themselves are structures are built from lightweight polymer panels laminated with thermal insulation, which clip onto a steel frame. Best of all, its modular design enables one to easily upgrade it over time – i.e. adding a metal roof, etc. So far, over 10,000 shelters have been delivered. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
“The realization that the people who need design ingenuity the most, the poorest 90 per cent of the global population, have historically been deprived of it, and the determination to address that, have been one of the most important design developments of the past decade,” said design critic Alice Rawsthorn.