Paris-based Cutwork architecture and design studio has come up with Cortex Shelter, a flat-pack, just-add-water refugee shelter that can be built in a single day. The project is being conceived as a long-term housing solution that is secure, affordable and sustainable. The studio is using Cortex technology, a rollable concrete fabric that hardens in place when hydrated to make this shelter.
Cutwork Studio explained,
We are developing an incremental urban growth system where “Flag” buildings act as magnets towards which the city expands.
The Cortex Shelter comprises Cortex Composite’s rollable concrete framed on Cutworks’ bendable metallic tubes. Measuring 6.9-meter long, 3.6-meter wide and 2.95-meter high, this refugee shelter has insulated living and sleeping area with a separate ventilated wet area.
The bathroom is divided into two sections: a dry toilet and an off-grid shower with a sink. It also includes solar panels on the roof to charge phones, lighting and power cooking appliances.
The Cortex Shelter can be assembled by two people by hand with no technical construction skills and heavy machinery required.
Currently in development, the studio is realizing the project for Cortex Composites USA.
The design studio sees these buildings as affordable bare shell prototypes that are construction references for the next generation of housing development.