Category History

2020

We respond to Covid-19 and launch Structure. The team adapts to a new reality in the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the 15,797 RHUs we ship out to 36 countries, 3,000 are used in Covid-19 response. 6,500 are sent to families in…

2019

We deliver to new destinations and users give positive feedback. By now, we have delivered more than 45,000 shelters to over 45 countries, and thereby put a roof over the heads of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable persons who have…

2018

We develop a new shelter version. The RHU serves as temporary homes and communal infrastructure in different contexts in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Partners make use of the modularity to serve other purposes than housing –…

2016

We receive design awards and recognition worldwide. Partners implement the shelters worldwide, including in Niger and Iraq, where one unit is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and included in the museum’s permanent collection. We…

2015

We deliver the first industrialized shelter version to the field. Production of components begins in several factories across Sweden and northern Europe, and we deliver the first 10,000 to UNHCR operations. UNHCR implements shelters in Saharan Africa and the Middle…

2013

We develop and test prototypes in Africa and the Middle East. The design team in Stockholm prototypes towards requirements developed with UNHCR to meet the needs in refugee camps. We include tough standards for resistance to extreme climates, safety, affordability…

2010

Better Shelter, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR form a partnership. While we prototype, UNHCR contacts the Ikea Foundation as they want to develop a new shelter solution. Ikea Foundation has heard about the shelter project in Hällefors, which is making progress.…

2009

We prototype and develop an idea. “Why do displacement camps look like they did one hundred years ago? Can we design a safer and more dignified refugee shelter, that is affordable for humanitarian organizations?” a newly graduated industrial designer, Johan…