Maggie Shelter

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FOCUS ON 4 PURPOSES

Displaced families need suitable structures for:

Schools

Only 1 in 3 children in camps have access to education. Education is often the only hope for a way out. Without any prospects, these kids might be condemned for a life in a camp.

Community Centres

Host countries don’t allow fixed buildings, but displaced people need structures to create safer environments for their families to survive and rebuild their lives. We created a low-cost shelter that looks like a tent, but has the qualities and advantages of a solid building.

Medical Wards & Health Posts

Tents are still used at large for medical wards and health posts. But tents are not adequate against heat and cold, insects, dust and hygiene. The need for safe, clean and temperature controlled shelters are vital and lower the rate of mortality and disease.

Temperature Controlled Warehouses

Food and drugs deteriorate due to exposure to sun and heat. Many temporary warehouses are inadequate against insects and rodents. Good and safe conditioning of food and drugs in locations and regions with scarce resources is critical.

INNOVATIVE CONCEPT

Host countries don’t allow fixed buildings. So we set out to create a temporary, low-cost shelter that has the quality and advantages of a sturdy, insulated building. A tent that acts like a building.

BUILDING THE PROTOTYPE

INSULATIONS

SAND & EARTH

Earth & Sand is free and available everywhere. Earth & sand provide external thermal mass that reduces heat loss and maintains a steady indoor air temperature. High performance thermal insulation is gained when combined with an insulated fill material. Earth & sand also provides high acoustic performance and strengthens the construction considerably.

ORGANIC

Organic insulation materials are those derived from natural vegetation or similar renewable sources. We only promote the use of organic materials if the scarcity does not hamper the livestock, food or degrade the surrounding nature. Organic materials are increasingly being used as they are natural, good insulation at little cost.

RECYCLED WASTE

There is often an excess of plastic waste in camps. Why not converting a problem into a solution and using plastic waste as an insulation material? Waste needs to be recycled ingeniously in order to capsulate air and perform well.

INSULATION PRODUCTS

In most larger cities around the world you will find insulation materials derived by chemical processes. Even in the poorest countries in sub-saharan Africa you can find foam or polystyrene insulation. Our research has indicated that a hybrid of classic insulation products in combination with sand or earth provides the best thermal and acoustic insulation performance.

The maggie can adapt to different climates and seasons. The thermal capacity – or insulation – is obtained through the use of free, avaliable materials that can be found everywhere.

MODULAR COMBINATIONS

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