Intershelter Brings Relief

Bridging the gap between short-term tents and expensive trailers, the light, fireproof InterShelter provides a safe, durable option, large enough to house an entire family. As homes and areas are rebuilt, the domes can easily be broken down for storage and relocated for future use.

Made out of a fiberglass-composite mixture, these domes are optimal for a multitude of climates. The InterShelter can also withstand a Category 4 hurricane or 8.5-magnitude earthquake, insulate its occupants in subzero weather or survive heavy rainfall. It houses a family of five, and two people can assemble it in less than four hours with only a screwdriver and a ladder. Weighing just 70 pounds apiece, they can easily be carried by hand from a distribution point to the desired site.

The basic design was conceived in 1993 by homeless activist Ted Hayes and architect Craig Chamberlain. The original design was incorporated into the Dome Village, an alternative, non-institutional shelter made of residential domes, kitchens, offices, bathrooms, laundry faculties and computer rooms, intended for homeless people in Los Angeles.

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