Home Away From Home

This temporary mobile housing design aims to provide readily available shelter to those affected by a variety emergencies and disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and fires. Structurally, the unit is composed almost entirely of compressed oriented strand board, making it lightweight and easy to construct. Transportable as a small cube, the design can be set and expanded by lowering one side to create a separate section for sleeping quarters.

Designer: Michel Antoun Zateef


  • stephen russell says:

    Must mass produce this for worldwide demand.
    & ideal for camping as well IE Luxury camping mode, Radical
    Ideal for Temp shelter & camping unit.

  • Peter says:

    Fantastic idea, take it to a higher level of resolution….like insulation and joinery. In the U.S. osb comes in 4’x8′ sheets, not sure how big they get where you are designing from but there should definitely be some seems in the construction. Flashing is the obvious resolution, but the corners and structural components are highly unresolved. I think this idea really has a future so give it the attention it deserves.

  • atiitya says:

    i made smaller versions of these for ice fishing when i was a kid. interesting to see it in this format.

  • Practical, flexible and ecofriendly!

    Our company is a Fortune 500, and we’d like to discuss the possibility to industrialize a good product like this. Please drop me a line.

  • Paula Thornton (@rotkapchen) says:

    Made from particle board, how is it protected from water/rot? If not, what is the mean-time to failure?

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  • Jim MacDonald says:

    I am a disaster recovery researcher and practitioner. This looks like a perfect interim housing solution. How can I get more details?

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