The simplest concepts are often things of significance and beauty. ‘Weaving a home’ by Jordanian/Canadian designer Abeer Seikaly proposes a disaster shelter for refugees inspired by the temporary huts of nomadic tribes. The use of structural fabric references ancient traditions of joining linear fibers to make complex three-dimensional shapes – the resulting pattern is easy to erect and collapse, and to scale into various functions, from a basket to a tent. The project incorporates technological advances and new methods of assembly to comprise a system of durable plastic elements threaded together to form a singular unit. These flexible envelopes fold across a central axis, with the hollow structural skin enabling necessities such as water and electricity to run through it, not unlike a typical stud wall.
Exposure can be controlled by manipulating the units into different scales, and opening and closing the exterior skin to protect in winter and cool in summer. Portable water storage and battery are powered by solar energy, for a low-cost yet dignified solution for displaced persons. ‘Weaving a home’ is both innovative design and metaphor, for those hoping to weave their lives back together.
‘Weaving a home’ was shortlisted for the 2012 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD.
images courtesy of abeer seikaly