I-beam Design Pallet House

Prototype built for Prince Charles Royal Gardens in conjunction with IBM, The Financial Times, and The Earth Awards. - LONDON, UK. 2010

This shelter was designed for refugees in Kosovo, back in 2006. Now it is being developed by i-beam design for use as inexpensive and efficient low-cost housing not only for people displaced by natural disasters but also as a solution for affordable pre-fab housing. In most cases in a disaster relief effort, many of the pallets will arrive as part of the transportation of food and materials; so the basic materials are there already. The shelters can be built by hand at a rate of 500-600 pallets per day. One transitional housing is measuring 10’ x 20’ would take 80 pallets to build and cost approximately $500.

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Kenny
Kenny

Perfect amount of holes for bees and wasps to set up shop in

Brian
Brian

I think it’s brilliant! As for the bees and wasps, they will get into any house and set up shop. It’s easy for someone to be critical; it takes a special talent to be innovative. Looks easy enough to slide sections of foam insulation between the spaces in the pallet, and you could even run electrical and pipes there as well. if you wanted it to look a bit more dressed up and weatherproof/bee and wasp proof you could put tyvek and siding on the outside, even if that may go against the idea of using recycled materials. This is… Read more »

Gustavo
Gustavo

This wood is rich for termites?
As joined palette palette?

Bridget
Bridget

I have made doghouses like this, and have designed outbuildings from pallets after seeing houses in Mexico made from them. Of course the ones I saw were made with mud and cardboard. The idea of using some sort of insulation is good, but I would stick with some of the more natural alternatives. The pallets are so versatile. I am glad to see someone doing this on a larger scale.

Vaughn Bresheare
Vaughn Bresheare

Creativity should always be encouraged. Hey, you could put plastic as a vapor barrier inside, exterior could use tarpaper, then any exterior treatment, shingle, plaster, aluminum siding etc.

Go for it!!

Michael Knapp
Michael Knapp

This creative and innovative and should take into consideration of all of the above suggestions. Keeping cold out as well as bees, ants, etc. could easily be accomplished with insulation, tar paper and/or other tyvek/siding. Go for it when these resoureces are available!

Jude Izurieta via Facebook

Would love to have this if I were a kid!

daryn
daryn

I have made the chicken coop and the kids tree house out of pallets. they are great building block, althoughthey need to be weatherproffe fairly quickly otherwise they will rot..

Betty
Betty

This is a brilliant site, thank goodness for Pinterest that led me to it.

Victoria Parsons
Victoria Parsons

This idea is amazing. My husband and I have racked our brains trying to think of ways to build/buy a play house for our girls. This has become the new spring project. Thanks

Arvada Fisher
Arvada Fisher

What a brilliant idea! I commend you on your creativity.

Patty Cody
Patty Cody

This could most definatley work for a small scale home. Isulation, hay… Sticking as close to recycling as possible, old windows and plumbing ect, find on craigslist. These things are cheap, and for a single person dwelling, INCREDIBLE! Thank you for sharing!

Tami
Tami

I think these disaster shelters are brilliant. Having your own space after being cramped into communal disaster relief housing is a godsend! I hope the group who came up with these continue with the innovative thinking.

Arturo Alejandro Medina Varas

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Alfonso Andrea Amico

bellissimaaaa….la voglio

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