Saturday, November 11, 2006

Emergency Housing out of Hollow-Core Doors

Tthe Dragon's well aquainted with the college trick of making a desk out of two waist-high filing cabinets and and a hollow core door. Easy, cheap, and actually attractive in a Spartan, modern sense. But this is way beyond that.

Cubo Arquitectos, an architechtural firm from Santiago, Chile has come up with a design for prefab, temporary, emergency shelters, based on materials that could easily be found at your local Home Depot, predominately, hollow-core doors. While originally intended for housing folks after natural disasters, I'd like to see people take this concept and run with it, like UNIX or teardrop trailers. I can already envision some interesting outbuildings, like a scooter stable, or an airbrush studio. It wouldn't take much to significantly increase the longevity of these structures, say a couple hundred bucks worth of CPES (fluid epoxy, which would also heighten and perserve the beauty of the wood veneers.)

The standard kit would contain 36 doors, 24 pallets, 8 sheets of OSB plywood, and various steel tube sections, plastic sheets, screws, and fasteners. With a construction time of only 8 hours (by 7 people,) the structure would be ideal when immediate response shelters are needed. And since no third-party assembly company is required, a mass of these could be assembled by volunteers or other untrained workers. While they aren't sturdy enough to last a lifetime (3 months is what is recommended) these Puertas' would offer shelter, privacy, and a sense of place for families in need.

via TreeHugger

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