Abeer Seikaly. The Woven Shelter for Refugees


Taking inspiration from the traditional nomadic housing architecture, the Jordanian-Canadian designer Abeer Seikaly created a pioneering shelter structure for the African refugees.

“In the aftermath of global wars and natural disasters, the world has witnessed the displacement of millions of people across continents. Refugees seeking shelter from disasters carry from their homes what they can and resettle in unknown lands, often starting with nothing but a tent to call home”, stated the designer on his website.


Seikaly’s temporary home is created by using a woven honeycomb structure that folds and stretches rapidly, creating a safe living environment that can shelter all modern commodities (running water, electricity and heating system).


“Design is supposed to give form to a gap in people’s needs. This lightweight, mobile, structural fabric could potentially close the gap between need and desire as people metaphorically weave their lives back together, physically weaving their built environment into a place both new and familiar, transient and rooted, private and connected. In this space, the refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives. They weave their shelter into home”, added Seikaly.

Photo credits: Abeer Seikaly


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