Ikea-designed ‘flat-pack refugee shelter’ enters production

The Better Shelter is already in use in test camps across the world
The Better Shelter is already in use in test camps across the world

A new design of temporary shelters designed by Swedish furniture makers Ikea have gone into production this week.

The ‘flat-pack’ Better Shelter was developed through a partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Ikea Foundation for use of families in refugee and disaster relief camps.

The lightweight shelters take only four hours to assemble, feature a rooftop solar panel and built-in electricity and are designed to last for up to three years, 6 times longer than current shelters. The shelters, which were tested in camps in Ethiopia, Iraq and Lebanon, have room for up to five people and feature were inspired by Ikea’s philosophy of simplicity and ease-of-access.

Production of the Better Shelter will begin this week. According to the UNHCR 10,000 shelters have been commissioned and will be deployed later this summer.

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