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Eye-catching Ingenious, Functional Woven Homes For Refugees

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Abeer Seikaly, is an architect, artist, designer, and cultural producer based in Amman, Jordan.  She recently launched a project called “Weaving Home”, in which she designed temporary but comfortable shelters with basic amenities.

The domes are made of fabric and are weather proof, collapsible, portable, and lightweight.  They are well ventilated, with windows that can be closed during winter and rainy days.  Through a process called a thermo siphoning system, the structure can collect water from an outer source and allow people to use the water for quick showers. The exterior part of the tent converts solar radiation into usable electricity, while the inner part serves as a pocket for storage.


Photo courtesy of Abeer Seikaly

Photo courtesy of Abeer Seikaly

Her brilliant idea was inspired by the flexibility of a snake’s skin and the traditional weaving techniques of basket making.

As she wrote on her website, “In this space, the refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives. They weave their shelter into home.”

Photo courtesy of Abeer Seikaly

Photo courtesy of Abeer Seikaly

Photo courtesy of Abeer Seikaly

Weaving Home project received positive feedbacks all over the world and won the Lexus Design Award in 2013.

Abeer Seikaly earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.