When you think about spaces who better than IKEA to look at for inspiration. The brand has made a significant business in designing small spaces more effectively, creating easy to transport packaging and easy to assemble furniture.
Thinking beyond the bookshelf IKEA and the IKEA Foundation has partnered with the UNHCR to develop sustainable living shelters for refugees.
The shelters take four hours to assemble and are designed to last three years. For refugees bracing for harsh weather conditions, that's a huge difference — conventional refugee shelterstypically last around six months.
It solves one of the most basic needs in Maslow's hierarchy that of shelter, of feeling safe.
IKEA mentions a long term partnership that can translate to repurposing these to houses to schools and other structures in refugee camps. This will help give the children and adults a safe place to learn and an uninterrupted education.
You can read the details about these shelters here & watch the video to see what they look like.