Research

OUR APPROACH

We gathered and validated the shelter needs of displaced people, with the guidance of international experts.

With a list of requirements and benchmarks, a team of architects, engineers, designers and specialists in a variety of education and healthcare domains designed a structure and selected the materials needed to build it. 

The University of Louvain researched the insulation qualities of various materials that can be  used to construct the shelter. We used actual temperatures from various refugee locations to simulate the performance of the maggie.

Working closely with private companies from leading construction and textile companies, we conducted many tests, simulations and built a full-scale prototype. Shelter experts evaluated the prototype and gave additional recommendations for our final production model.

After numerous ideas, sketches, and models…
testing different structures
and testing different filling methods,
a prototype was conceived.
Then we built the prototype
to test the components,
the concept of using sand as insulation,
and of filling it with organic materials.
We invited shelter experts to evaluate
our prototype
and with their recommendations,
we developed the final model of the maggie.

Prototype maggie V01

Our first full-scale prototype – 18 x 6 meters – was set up at an innovation center at the Leuven University, Belgium.


The prototype allowed us to test the concept of using free available materials as insulation, the strength of the prototype and the individual elements and materials used for production.


Several shelter experts and organizations evaluated the maggie, so we got a feedback on improvements needed for the final production model.