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Early Iterations of the HOME Shelter

 

The notional design was a domed yurt constructed of interlocking high density polyethelene (HDPE) plastic panels. The shape was hexagonal with a center support column. On top of the center column is the 'power cap' that housed the solar panels and storage electronics.

 
The sketch below shows the notional design.
Early iteration of HOME shelter - dome yurt version
 
The notional design included interlocking plastic floor panels like a giant jigsaw puzzle. This type of floor system is not compatible with the sand, gravel, grass, mud or other ground surfaces. Plus, it added cost and weight to the complete kit.
Floor pattern of early version yurt
 
 
 
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Early version of the HOME Shelter.
The sketch above shows the center column as a water cistern - collecting water from the top cap. Engineering analysis showed it would not withstand the loads. Plus, electronic packages might be damaged by the water moisture.
 
The interior water cistern was moved outside after it became obvious that water collected inside the column might leak or be difficult to clear or access.
 
Early version of the HOME Shelter showing interior shelves
The sketch above shows some snap-together shelving attached to the center column. The shelves might be split bin covers wrapped around the column and held up by pegs inserted in holes. A larger circular surface might be a center table.
 
These early concepts were scrapped. Why? Because most refugees and IDPs don't want to live in domes; they want to live in vertical walled structures according to the UN Sheltre Centre research.