iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for homeless people
 

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for homeless people

french designer geoffroy de reynal has created iglou, an igloo-like shelter for homeless people in france. the insulated temporary home is both compact and foldable, allowing it to be built without any loose parts in just seconds. this new type of waterproof shelter has given parisian homeless people a home that remains warm even in freezing temperatures.

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for the homeless
all images courtesy of iglou

 

 

‘I was living abroad in montenegro for a year, and there are not much people living outside,’ geoffroy de reynal told ABC news. ‘when I came back to france, I was surprised by the number of homeless in the streets, so I decided to come up with an idea to help them.’  this resonates with a study published in 2012 by the french national institute of statistics and economic studies, which states that france has around 140,000 homeless people.

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for the homeless

 

 

made from polyethylene foam, iglou ensures thermal insulation capable of capturing the user’s body heat and creating a warm ambience inside up to 20ºC above the outside temperature. the interior of the iglou is fire resistant thanks to its aluminum coating, meaning that forgotten cigarette butts or toppled gas burners won’t be an issue.

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for the homeless

 

 

de reynal started this project some months ago with his own money. foreseeing its impact, he then started a crowdfunding campaign which proved to be successful, receiving around $20,000 more than what he expected. ‘using my resources and the money from the crowd funding campaign, I built 20 igloos prototypes this winter and distributed 10 in bordeaux, and 10 additional in paris,’ he said.

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for the homeless

 

 

‘my ambition is to produce these igloos on a large scale, hundreds or even thousands of them,’ geoffroy de reyna concludes. ‘I also want to make some improvements: putting wheels under the igloos to make them easier to transport, or build larger modular igloos for families.’

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for homeless people

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for homeless people

iglou is an insulated, waterproof shelter for homeless people

 

 

project info:

 

name: iglou

designer: geoffroy de reynal

type: insulated homeless shelter

  • To big for the downtown Houston area, these folks are crammed into really small areas to work with. Nice concept though. As for the homeless….only the rich can fix that.

    Michael
  • This is an AMAZING idea during a time when people are mostly thinking of themselves, there are so very many that are feeling their lowest now but to know there’s someone out there trying to make things better- to provide them with some warmth and comfort out of the weather… It will lift their spirits more than some could know, sometimes just knowing that people still care and still think of you, to know that you haven’t been just written off by society completely- it can do wonders!!!! Bless you and your greatly talented imaginative mind for this ingenious idea!!!! I’m sure we’ll be hearing of other equally thoughtful designs over the years.

    Kristy
  • What a great product; I wonder if it could also be used by people in ‘camps’ (when they flee civil wars etc.) or if the home would be too warm in that environment?

    Brenda S Khoo
  • For a family, make a T shaped connector that attaches to 2 shelters’ door ends, with a door at right angles to the shelters. It would add little cost and still use the original design.

    Glen
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