Vik Peak

Design faces new challenges. A collaboration with Better Shelter for temporary refugee shelters in Pakistan – exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016.

This project was a two week collaboration of a Textile, an Interior Architechture and two Instustrial Design students. My main contriubution to project were bigger parts of research and conceptualisation as well as sewing the full scale prototype.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a region in Pakistan which is sharing a border with Afghanistan, is home to a great number of Afghan refugees and Internally Displaced People. They are partially integrated in the host society, partially living in camps. The concept builds upon an origami flatpack technique that ensures easy transport and fast build-up in semi-permanent camps. Every person is supposed to be equipped with one module which can then be combined into bigger structures for families. To in this way transform the way that refugee camps are normally set up, is seen as a possibility to also create safter communities.

Pakistan’s extreme temperatures make smart materials that reflect both warmth and cold a necessity for a refugee shelter. As the inner material we therefore chose to work with wool as it can be locally sourced and as common handicraft create opportunity for activities and purpose. The roof of the shelter can be opened and closed, to either keep warmth in or let too hot air escape. The origami structure of Vik Peak allows personal modification and can provide a greater feeling for being taken as an individual: one is able to decide for themselves who to connect their module to and adjust it to their personal needs.

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Wool as locally sourced insulation