September 15, 2017 10:26 PM
Walk through the door of a Hex House and it feels like any other home. A living room opens up to a kitchen, with two bedrooms cornered toward the back of the house near a bathroom.
But the hexagon-shaped structure is meant to be a pop-up emergency shelter, according to the architects who came up with the concept.
Architects for Society designed the Hex House with the recent refugee crisis in Europe in mind.
Hex House is ideal for refugee camps or natural disaster recovery, where victims often times have nothing left but are in need of long-term housing solutions.
"It's not a tent that you have to replace every six months," Sallam said. "This is what we build normal houses out of."
A single Hex House unit floor plan features two bedrooms, but Sallam said the shape creates a unique opportunity to link multiple units together to build a larger structure.
"We proposed this solution, which we called the 'snowflake,'" Sallam said. "The modularity here takes advantage of the hex to create semi-public semi-private spaces."
The Hex House is on display at Augsburg University, as part of the 29th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum through Sunday.
Updated: September 15, 2017 10:26 PM
Created: September 15, 2017 08:21 PM
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