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Better Shelter, best design of 2016


The modular refugee shelter "Better Shelter" was crowned the Beazley Design of the Year in the Architecture category. The jury awarded the prize to this project for its innovation and commitment to develop safer and more dignified homes for those across the world who have been displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters.

Each shelter is 17,5 square metres in size and has a capacity for five people. The structure is made of steel, with light polymer panels. In addition to pipes and cables, it includes a photovoltaic panel that provides enough energy to power the supplied light or to charge a mobile phone. Flat-packed in a two-box kit along with all the required tools, the shelter can be easily transported and assembled in about four hours.

Designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicolò Barlera, the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the project pipped the five other category winners (Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport) to claim the overall prize.

Now in its ninth year, this annual award and exhibition curated and hosted by the Design Museum aims to acknowledge the most original designs as well as to celebrate design that promotes change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.


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