Pallet House Prototype by I-Beam Design

Today my alma mater Southern Methodist University celebrates a new master’s degree program in sustainability and development.  The degree covers sustainability-related topics from policy to design in both developed and developing worlds.  SMU will kick off the endeavor mid-day Friday with London sustainability strategist Peter Bishop and the unveiling of a low-cost Pallet House prototype designed by I-Beam Design.

The Pallet House recently made an appearance in an exhibit in Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens as a statement that “84% of the world’s refugees could be housed with a year’s supply of recycled American pallets,” according to an SMU press article.

The project* was built using 100 recycled pallets placed by 4-5 workers with hand tools.  The 250-square foot prototype home takes no more than a week to raise and can be used as a transitional shelter or as an alternative to something like a tent.

[+] More about the Pallet House prototype at I-Beam Design.

*I’ll update the article with SMU pictures when obtained.

Credits: I-Beam Design.


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  • http://twitter.com/IndoTeak_Design IndoTeak Design

    this is brilliant! very inspiring and hopeful! Indo Teak Design

  • palletline

    Thanks for sharing. Really great post and ideas for what we can do with any pallets over a Europe delivery. Would make a great alternative to a tent..

  • Les_delemus

    Is really amazing

  • ctaylor

    With all the regulations that we have in this country for even building a potting shed, would it be possible to build this design anywhere in the U.S.A.?

  • Spryem

    IS there a floor plan available?

  • Matt

    I would be interested in seeing a floor plan if it becomes available. 

  • Miminotu

    My inlaws used pallets to build a screened in porch over 35 years ago and it is still standing.

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