• IKEA flat-pack refugee shelter wins Design of the Year 2016

    February 03, 2017
    • IKEA flat-pack refugee shelter wins Design of the Year 2016

    IKEA's temporary shelter designed for refugees has been named the 2016 Beazley Design of the Year, beating the artwork for David Bowie's final album and a robotic surgeon.

    IKEA Foundation's Better Shelter was announced as the winner for it's "outstanding contribution towards the global issue of population displacement", at an awards ceremony that took place at the Design Museum's new home in west London.

    The IKEA Foundation launched its flat-pack emergency shelter back in 2013 to offer an alternative to the tents often used to house refugees and displaced people, of which there are now more than 65 million worldwide.

    Designed to last three years, the shed-like structure is made of lightweight polymer panels laminated with thermal insulation, each of which clip onto a steel frame.

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