A Deployable Emergency Shelter That Doubles Its Living Space

While still in the conceptual phase, this emergency shelter designed by Michel Zateef can double its square footage via a rotating, fold-down wall. The fold-down wall creates both extra living space, and fenestration through the use of what appears to be plexiglass.


The cube features two built-in beds (single and a double), a small living area with a sink, and what appears to be a shower or toilet.


While the corner connections do look very sturdy, the use of OSB for the exterior walls probably isn’t the best choice, particularly if it’s to be deployed in areas with rainfall. However, it is after all a basic concept and its best not to get too hung up on the material choices, but rather how it functions and could fulfil the needs of the occupants in a disaster situation.


It’s simple shape, smart design and cheap materials make it a conceptual model that could be developed and explored further for use as a real-life emergency unit.

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Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.