NIDO Portable Shelter offers safe refuge to the homeless


Nowadays, sustainable and inexpensive housing might easily be one of the biggest demands of the city dwellers.  With rising property prices, it isn’t just buying a property that’s difficult. In addition, even living on rent is no longer feasible. Therefore, we need viable solutions that provide quality housing to the urban nomads and, at the same time, that doesn’t affect the environment. Many designers are coming up with innovative and feasible designs of urban shelters. NIDO Portable Shelter is one such design.

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NIDO Portable Shelter


With rapid changes in weather condition due to global warming, natural calamities, such as floods and earth quakes, have become the order of the day. These are forcing the masses to leave their homes and move to rehabilitation camps or other safer places. Providing refuge to the homeless, Dominican Republic designer Amanda Cuello collaborating with Cynthia Ventura and Tulio Feliz has come up with a portable shelter dubbed the “NIDO”. It provides adequate space to preserve the privacy, while ensuring safe retreat to residents.

Comprised of two main modules, one for sleeping and storing essential belongings and the other one for hygiene and physiological needs. The creative shelter is big enough to accommodate the basic needs of the entire family. It can be extended by adding more dormitory modules to the base unit. The collapsible structure wraps in a 1m x 80cm x 30cm module for easy transportation.

Easy to install, the compact and lightweight unit can be moved to remote areas. Furthermore, one can also use it continuously over a period of time. Though the NIDO Portable Shelter is essentially designed for homeless, but it could also be of great importance for campers and modern nomads.


[Cheers Amanda]

Some more shelters similar to NIDO Portable Shelter

1. Drop Spot instant shelter

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Designed as a draft assignment under “Space saving & Space creating Collapsibles” at the University College of Antwerp, the Drop Spot by Jonas Elslander and Jeroen Robberechts is an inflatable shelter that offers an instant and cost-effective alternative to the bus stops and rain shelters. Amongst other things, this collapsible bus-stop is inexpensive to produce. Furthermore, it is highly easy to install, providing an instant seating and shelter for avid travelers in far off places. The weather resistant shelter is made of eco-friendly fabric and leaves no waste that is harmful for environment.

2. Shadow and wind shelter

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A beach holiday on a sunny day is a treat in itself. However, if it comes equipped with a proper sitting or lounging system, you can’t ask for a better break than this.Offering a solution, Argentine designer Matias Rodriguez has come up with a beach shadow and wind shelter. It promises to make your holiday more relaxed and comfortable.

Finished with highly resistant nylon, polypropylene and cotton fabrics, the shelter makes use of carbon fiber rods. This makes it durable and lightweight for easy transportation. Furthermore, you can also direct the shelter to both sides through a pivotal base. At the same time, the fabric seat can be tightened by the carbon rods. Users can dismantle both the seat and the shelter to wrap them in two small packages.

3. ESiS: Human-powered shelter outdoors and power generator for indoors

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Natural disasters like earthquakes, floods or storms leave one with nothing – be it energy, shelter, water or other means required for survival. However, the “ESiS” by Charlie Pyott is a portable yet functional shelter. It offers instant relief to the affected in the adverse conditions. Employing Sram bicycle components.

The ESiS combines a human-powered product with humanitarian aid and provides essentials, including food, shelter and clean water. It does that through human-powered systems to the affected without requiring any external support. The ESiS is not only easy to transport and set up, thanks to its compact and lightweight design, but it also offers fully self-sufficient aid anywhere, anytime.

The inflatable tent makes use of a see-saw pump to raise a bladder. This blade is within the structure. It doubles as a flywheel generator (powered by the pump arms) to produce standard 120-volt power. Sustainable energy can either be used to power the shelter itself. In addition, you can also use it to move it to another location with minimum fuss. And, the shelter is big enough to provide adequate space for a small family of up to four people. Definitely, we can’t control the furious nature, but with such measures we definitely can minimize the damage.

4. Famiglia Grande shelter

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Inspired by the recent economic crisis, the “Famiglia Grande” by designer Kacey Wong is a portable shelter. It provides refuge to the homeless. Intended toward the middle class and above, the shelter unfolds a number of cases to become a bed and desk. Therefore, the users could maintain their lifestyle even when forced to live on the road due to the economic meltdown. Users can move the mobile units like a cart with minimum fuss and place them in a park or marketplace for an overnight halt.

5. Tree Point shelter

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Finding a street in a metropolitan city is a breathtaking task for not just the visitors from outside places but also for the local residents. Addressing the issue, Barski Design has come up with an innovative solution, designed for German Telecom, which not just provides shelter for the passersby but also guides them through the web of streets and lanes of the crowded cities. Known as “Tree Info Point,” the big info-point gives the appearance of a tree and invites users with its four seats to take a breath and collect the info (from a touchscreen monitor or a public telephone located on the center column) of their destination, making cities a better place for a vacation.

6. Outlife shelter

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Bridging the gap between the natural and the man-made, the “Outlife” is a portable shelter that lets you enjoy the nature while providing refuge in an outdoor location. Conceived by Chilean designer Alvaro Poblete Poulsen, the transparent shelter comes with breathable tear resistance characteristics to enrich your experience. Finished in thermo polyurethane that offers great isolation and stability between -20° C and 60°C, the Outlife features a flexible design to adjust in different locations as well as conditions. While the collapsible dual layer construction controls opacity and avoid condensation without hindering the visibility.

7. Wolves shelter

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Commissioned by Midlands Architecture & Design Environment and the Government office for the West Midlands, designer Sjolander da Cruz teaming up with Buro Happold and Gwen Heeney has come up with a simple though unique shelter that offers refuge for kids where they can meet and discuss their day, or possibly studies, with their friends and classmates. Located at a skate park in Wolverhampton, the Wolves shelter features undulating wave-like steel cantilevers over a brick terraced seating plinth, giving it a modern but at the same time natural design. The £75,000 project not only offers a personal space for kids to chill out with friends in the heart of the Midlands town, but presenting a neoclassic design also adds to the beauty of the town.

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