FACT: In 2014, there were 24 persons displaced every second with an average of 10 years in exile. Enter a unique collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR that has resulted in a new, safer and more durable shelter for refugee families around the world.
The Better Shelter is a temporary, lightweight 17.5 square meter modular emergency shelter that ships flat and can be assembled on site without special tools in hours by a group of four.
Better Shelter has a solar panel on its roof that provides 4 hours of interior light as electricity is scarce in refugee camps.
The roof and wall panels are modular replaceable and are recyclable.
The 4 windows and lockable door can be placed in a number of configurations providing for space for a family of 5.
The units can be expanded to provide space for a temporary hospital or school.