Featured in the United States Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennial, this emergency shelter is part of our continuing project in transitional and relief housing. With funding from Johnny Walker, we pursued the development of our winning entry in The Architecture for Humanity competition for housing Kosovar refugees by exposing it to the international community of humanitarian aid workers and then modifying the design accordingly.
A cluster of twelve "columns" of water, power, wc, and solar stove both support and supply a house in an informal settlement. Two "hollow columns" support the roof and enclose domestic infrastructure. The one on the left is a hyper-strong, micro-folded, waterproof paper that is shipped flat and folded on site. The column is a solar powered nook with a tv connecting. The bamboo column is a shower with water collected from the roof.
The Roll-Out house was designed to support family structure, health and safety in refugee camps with its domestic water and power. However, it could also allow displaced persons to return home before civic scaled infrastructure is restored.
Industrial engineers Dr. Basily and Dr. Elsayad of Rutgers University developed the micro-folding technology and have supported this project.