Tuesday, April 5, 2011

From package to home!

The shelters are up and being lived in by two incredible families. Our goal with this pilot is to work with the families living in the shelters to understand from their perspective how to improve the product. For more information about the design visit our site and to see feedback and observations from the field click here.

Below are a series of photos showing the TShel2 assembly.

The collapsed shelter measures 4' x 8' x 2.5' ft (1.2 x 2.4 x .76 m) and unpacks into a two-story, three roomed structure. All the components necessary for assembly come in this collapsed package. The goal is to create a shelter that can be logistically brought in after a disaster.

(left) Unpacking the shelter package. (right) Assembling the legs and elevated first floor.
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(left) Assembling the steel shelter frame. (right) Attaching the second and third floors.
(left) Frame finished (right) Attaching exterior walls made from corrugated polypropylene
(both) Attaching more corrugated polypropylene walls. The walls and roof are made from this material which is UV resistant, fire-retardant, and water proof.

(left) Final walls piece  (right) Last but not least come the windows, vents and door installation.

from package to home

The shelter rests on telescoping legs that can be raised or lowered to keep the shelter level on uneven terrain.
The multi-story unit allows for increased living space in a small land footprint by utilizing vertical space.  This feature is beneficial in urban disasters where land is scarce. The shelter has 18 sq m. (190 sq ft) of interior space with a 6 sq m. (64 sq ft) exterior porch and takes up a 2.5 x 4.7 m (8' x16' ft) footprint.  
For any questions please email rafael@ubershelter.org and special thanks to our wonderful photographer Laurel Cummings!

TShel2 (Uber Shelter) in a sea of tarps in the Adokin/Accra  IDP camp, Port-au-Prince. The shelter is available for viewing


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