Architect creates ingenious Solar Powered Shelters for Refugees
Abeer Seikaly, a Jordanian-Canadian architect has created a light-weight, solar-powered and mobile refugee shelter for people who have been displaced from their homes as a result of global wars, natural disaster or political unrest. Taking inspiration from the nomadic lifestyle of her Bedouin forbears, the architect developed a shelter that is crafted from a collapsible woven structural fabric and comes with basic amenities such as running water, heat, storage and electricity for the people. According to the architect these portable shelters could potentially close the gap between need and desire as people metaphorically weave their lives back together, physically weaving their built environment into a place both new and familiar, transient and rooted, private and connected.
Featuring a tough dome-like shape, the shelter comes with an amazing exterior tessellating pattern which is the result of unusual structure of the tent’s woven fabric. This unique structure allows the tents to collapse vertically making it easier to set up and pack. The exterior skin of the refugee shelter is capable of harvesting solar energy from the sun providing electricity to occupants as well as fulfilling their heating or cooling needs during harsh climate conditions. The shelter also comes equipped with a thermosiphoning and drainage system which provides water and basic hygiene, two of the most essential living requirements of human beings.