With the number of refugees displaced by war or natural disasters increasing itâ€™s always nice to see temporary housing solutions, which can offer them safe and more comfortable living conditions, as well as restore some dignity. The Hush2 shelter recently developed by Extremis Technology is lightweight, affordable and can be assembled very quickly. As an added bonus, it is also very robust and can withstand very strong winds.
The Hush2 can be assembled in just 2 hours by people without any special construction skills or tools. It can be flat-packed for shipping and does not require a concrete foundation. It measures just 14 square feet (4.3 square meters) and is 7.9 feet (2.4 meters) high. Basically, itâ€™s a rectangular building with a pitched roof, though it can also be transformed into a prism shape, which makes it safe even in Category 5 (up to 200 mph) winds. This is achieved by folding down the walls, which only takes about 7 minutes to do.
The Hush2 shelter is modular and made out of marine plywood. The modular nature of its design makes it possible to construct larger buildings by joining several of the shelters together. They can also be easily disassembled and reassembled in a new location.
The Hush2 shelter is currently in the prototype phase. Extremis Technology has already raised almost $550,000 of angel investment, and a further $449,434 through Crowdcube, which will allow them to develop the shelter further so they can begin offering it to the market. Their plan is to send the shelters to the earthquake-damaged areas of Nepal, and also to the Dominican Republic, which is set to be their first field deployment project.