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Hex House; Refugee Housing

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There are natural and man-made catastrophic events affecting the living conditions of large population groups. With the prevalence of refugee displacement across the globe Architects For Society ( has embarked on designing housing solutions that target these populations by providing housing designs that are not only cost effective but also dignified.  

As a group of allied professionals from the US, Europe and the Middle East, AFS is a US based non-profit (501(c)3) architecture and  design practice with a mission to enhance the built environment of disadvantaged communities through innovative architecture and design. AFS recently worked with Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden to develop a rapidly deployable refugee shelter prototype. This collaboration was the impetus for developing the Hex House prototype, which is based on the insulated metal panel technology.

The hex house is conceived as a low cost, off the grid, rapidly deployable, long stay and dignified house which is shipped in pieces and assembled by the end users. The basic building components are galvanized tube steel for the base, structural insulated metal panel for walls, floor and roof and can be customized with conventional interior and exterior finishes. 

We would like to raise money to develop and build a prototype which will be the basis for a larger production effort. The prototype we will be a proof of concept that will help persuade NGO’s and relief agencies to adopt our design. Our goal is to serve groups who are displaced by natural and man-made disasters across the globe and would love if you can be a part of our efforts.

AFS Team:

Adam Whipple
Altaf Engineer
Dan Clark
David Dwars
David Koch
Steve Mellema
Mourad Bendjennet
Yousef Oqleh
Terrence Caploe
Luca Marchetti
Amro Sallam


Amro Sallam
Minneapolis, MN

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