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Solar shelter shines a light on refugee integration

by • July 18, 2016 • No Comments

One of the problems that can arise when providing housing for asylum seekers is that communities can see a burden involved, but not necessarily a benefit. The SolarCabin refugee shelter is made to tackle this, with a sizeable, visible solar array utilized to create a surplus of electricity that can assist power the local area.

The concept was made in response to the “A Home away of Home” competition in the Netherlands, that asked members to create temporary housing for asylum seekers in a climate where demand is constantly fluctuating. The contest was run by the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and obtained 366 entries in total, of that the SolarCabin was one of six winners.

Designed by Bram Zondag of Bureau Zondag and Arjan de Nooijer of dNArchitectuur, it combines a number of ideas. It has a modular, timber frame createion that manufactures it swift to create and cost effective, as well as being adjustable for use by other groups, such as students, first-time buyers or holidaymanufacturers. Zondag and de Nooijer say the shelter can be made either in a form that is definitely suitable and financially viable for use over short-term periods of up to five years, or for use additional permanently over 10 years or additional.

Most importantly, yet, the SolarCabin was invented to provide conspicuous introduced value to a community. Not just is it made to feed its surplus of electricity produced back into the local community, but in addition to manufacture clear that it is doing so.

In this way, the appear of the structure is quite clever. It is shaped like a lean-to, with one sizeable sloping face covered in solar panels. This odd create can draw people’s attention, making them aware of the solar array. As a outcome, communities can see that an investment in a SolarCabin is in addition an investment in renewable energy.

We’re waiting to hear of Zondag and de Nooijer of how much electricity they assume the SolarCabin to use and to create, and therefore what the hypothetical surplus can be. Given that the create is already just a concept, any figures can just be projections. By virtue of being one of the competition winners, yet, a prototype of the SolarCabin can be made, with funding of the COA, in the hope that it can increase the likelihood of it and the other winners going into full production.

“I strongly believe in the persuasive force of prototypes you can in fact touch and experience the spatiality of,” explains housing manager of COA Carolien Schippers on the organization’s website. “By contributing to the making of these prototypes we, as COA, want to assist speed up the system towards the practical implementation of the creates.”

Zondag and de Nooijer say it may be possible to create the SolarCabin in most different types of configurations and that it may be on the market with different types of options. A full kit for assembling one of the units may be easily delivered to a site and set up swiftly, while circular create principles mean that the constituent parts may in addition be utilized independently of every other once a unit was disassembled.

The A Home away of Home competition was launched on January 18, with the six winning creates revealed on June 29. The winning teams are to create their full-size prototypes over the coming months.

Sources: SolarCabin, A Home away of Home