Design of the Year 2016 awarded to IKEA, for its flat-pack refugee shelters

designs-of-the-year-announcement-news_dezeen_2364_heroIKEA‘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 at an awards ceremony that took place at the Design Museum’s new home in west London.

Selected as the winner of the architecture category, IKEA’s Better Shelter beat five other category winners to claim the overall prize for its ‘outstanding contribution towards the global issue of population displacement’.

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.

“Better Shelter tackles one of the defining issues of the moment: providing shelter in an exceptional situation whether caused by violence or disaster,” said jury member Jana Scholze of Kingston University.

“It shows the power of design to respond to the conditions we are in and transform them. Innovative, humanitarian and implemented, Better Shelter has everything that a Beazley Design of the Year should have.”



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