Giant Accordian Relief

I’d wager if chronic disaster survivors had a choice of where to lodge, they’d choose what’s actually called the Recover Shelter. With several components that make it eco-friendly, cheap to produce, easy to transport, reconfigurable, and adaptable to multiple environments, Matthew Malone’s design has great potential for emergency situations and beyond…

Designed for disaster relief, the Recover Shelter can house a family of four for a month. It can be set up by one person in minutes, collapsed into either of two configurations for transportation (horse-shoe shape or flat), and is made of 100% polypropylene.

The polypropylene makes the Recover Shelter 100% recyclable, the ridges can collect drinking water, and the structure can be covered in local materials for better insulation.

A wonderful giant accordion house to for those who are disaster ridden, or a super-hip tent for the super-hip green hipster-camper.

Designer: Matthew Malone, Amanda Goldberg, Jennifer Metcalf and Grant Meacham


  • zippyflounder says:

    Nice idea, bit worried about flamablity, it is a thermo plastic after all and unless treated they all burn like napalm. This is a issue because if there is no electricty, you only got fire for light and heat……just a thought.

    • Skipweasel says:

      Just because something’s a thermoplastic doesn’t mean it’s going to be super-flammable. Polypropylene’s no worse than most, and being thicker than tent fabric it’d be harder to ignite than – well – a tent.

  • I want to introduce the Recover Shelter to Mexico Where can I contact the company.

  • I want to introduce the Recover Shelter to Mexico Where can I contact the company.

  • Bob says:

    These are already in production and have been for years, I actually owned a re-purposed one that got destroyed in a wind storm.

    Its driving me crazy because I can’t find any of the literature I had.

    It was bulky, hard to transport, hard to store,and heavy, but it had an integrated floor.

  • powers says:

    Yo, if these were slightly more collapsible they’d make great camping gear.

  • Vinay Gupta says:

    Folding hexayurt.

    The one with the integrated floor etc. is called a Unifold.

  • sabina says:

    How could I contact to this company??
    Please, I would be thankful if somebody knows some website, e-mail adress…
    Thanks a lot

  • paula says:

    Where can we get it? I’m interested in this product, and I need more information about. I’ll be really thankful if somebody could tell me some information about Recover Shelter.

  • Caroline K. M. says:

    HI everyone,

    I’m from Syracuse University, were this was reCover shelter was designed. I’m part of the business team that is coming up with a business plan for this product. I would love to hear what you have to say about it. If you have any question just e-mail me [email protected].

  • MJ says:

    interesting..very amazing.bravo

  • DFB says:

    This looks identical to some of Bucky Fullers temporary tank repair sheds. I believe he had patents on the products. Some of his designs had five sides instead of the three shown here, but with the identical folding technique. This resulted in a more compact collapsed object and more stability.

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