abeer seikaly weaves shelters for disaster relief using patterned fabric
abeer seikaly weaves shelters for disaster relief using patterned fabric
mar 06, 2014

abeer seikaly weaves shelters for disaster relief using patterned fabric

abeer seikaly weaves shelters for disaster relief using patterned fabric
all images courtesy of abeer seikaly




‘weaving a home’ by jordanian/canadian designer abeer seikaly proposes a disaster shelter for refugees that is based on temporary huts of nomadic tribes. the use of structural fabric references ancient traditions of joining linear fibers to make complex three-dimensional shapes – the resulting pattern is easy to erect and scale into various functions, from a basket to a tent. the project incorporates technological advances and new methods of assembly of the material, envisioning a system composed of durable plastic members that are threaded to form a singular unit. these flexible envelopes fold across a central axis, with the hollow structural skin enabling necessities such as water and electricity to run through it, similar to a typical stud wall.


‘weaving a home’ was shortlisted for the 2012 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, a designboom competition run in collaboration with LEXUS.


view of the tent structures closed during winter



exposure to the surrounding elements can be controlled by manipulating the units into different scales and opening and closing the exterior skin. the lightweight, structural fabric seeks to help people weave their lives back together, as they construct the mobile pieces into a home.

view of the tent structures during the day


interior view of the tent when open, the layered skin provides pockets for storage


view of the tent structures during the night


weaving a home


weaving a home


weaving a home


drawings of the single-layer fabric skin


drawings of the double-layer fabric skin


assembly diagram


models showing how the structure collapses down


model studies with cut and scored paper turned into a flexible pattern

  • very interested in your design – i work with homeless kids and would love to know what the price would be and also if there is a class or instructions to build our own

    Cathy Burton
  • I’m interested in price and availability please. Great idea. Brilliant design! I can see how this shelter could be invaluable for people groups sojourning, without a home. And beyond..

  • Ingenious ! Desire answers as requested above from others. What is time frame for production, ordering and delivery? Thank you.

    Doran MacKenzie
  • I work in disaster relief. I’m a CERT Trainer in the city of Eugene Oregon and am very interested in where to obtain some of these. Thank you. Lisa

    Lisa Wimberley
  • This is brilliant!! Well done. What is price and availability? I live in England.

    Andisheh Dawson
  • who do you contact to purchase one

    michael lain
  • I am interested in price and availabilty

    cheryl podgorski
  • How light is it? Does one carry it in parts: the bottom layer, the top layer, the outer ring, the water storage tank, etc.? Can one person carry the heaviest part, or does it require a vehicle or a beast of burden? Is it fragile, requiring special care when transporting? Does it come with an integral floor? It is truly beautiful to look at and I for one would feel inspired to persevere through hardship if I had such a beautiful oasis to provide rest and solace.

    Anne McComas
  • Congrats, you are genius! How much does it cost and how is possible to have one?

    Maria Cristina
  • can I get one?


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