Safe Harbour | Design Portable Shelter

For The Homeless


Posted on: October 12th, 2021

Safe Harbour | Design Portable Shelter

About Competition

Brief: “Safe Harbour” challenge aims to create a portable prototype shelter for the homeless in which they can spend their night and can carry it around with them.

What this needs is an innovative and creative method that can provide these people with a home that they can live in.

The prototype has to be the one that can be installed and folded back when they need. Thus creating no permanent structure that can cause hindrance according to the laws.

Creating such a product that will help them have a shelter and a basic covering against the changing weather in the UK.


  • Portable: The shelter must be compact and lightweight so that it can be carried or transported over distances.
  • Modular: The design of the shelter must be modular so that its replication in large numbers is possible.
  • Agile: The installation and dismantling of the structure must be done in less time and effort.
  • Economical: The material and technology must be local so that the construction is economical.
  • Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.

The following objectives can be a point of beginning to conceive this design. Participants can freely assume their user group and contexts according to their designs.


  • In Foldable State: Maximum permissible covered area should be 20 sq. mt with minimum corresponding volume.
  • In Static State: The total covered area used for stretchability/expandability should not exceed 50% of 20 sq. mt.
  • The height can vary but the space that it occupies has to be 20 sqm and temporary.

For more information visit the competition WEBSITE.

Requirements / Eligibility

The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
This is a design idea challenge only. There is no built commission/realization associated with the problem.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Deadline: January 24, 2022
Submission Deadline: January 25, 2022
Winner Announcement: March 24, 2022

About the Organizer

Unfuse serves as a unit for Uni in the field of Architecture. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in architecture, urbanism, society, culture, and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of architectural discipline and enrich our built environment; thereby opening up possibilities for the promotion of architectural thought at a global level.

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