On Designboom: Woven Disaster Shelters Are Powered With Sun-Absorbing Fabric

©. Abeer Seikaly/2013 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD - Abeer Seikaly - weaving a home

Innovative disaster shelters have run the gamut of materials like recyclable plastic, to flat pack wonders, to affordable bamboo homes that float when it floods. Jordanian-Canadian designer Abeer Seikaly turns to solar-absorbing fabric as his material of choice in creating woven shelters that are powered by the sun and inspired by nomadic culture.

According to Designboom:

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.

Utilizing the structural principles of tensegrity and biomimicking the blooming action of a flower, the structure can open and close from its center point. Probably one of the most elegant disaster shelters we've ever come across -- check out many more images and drawings over at Designboom and Abeer Seikaly.