Intended for sites that have been damaged by up to a Category 3 hurricane.
High-density, rapidly deployable disaster housing that can be used for up to five years.
Viraline's post-disaster housing ships in a special rigid container that is integral to the fully deployed unit, with all fixtures, furnishings, and components packaged together. A frame of cold-rolled steel and inflatable fabric walls allow the installed units to expand beyond the dimensions of the shipping container and to be stacked up to nine stories high. Sanitary risers installed in multilevel structures connect to a city's existing sewer system. "It's highly studied in terms of its structure and how different configurations could be created," Jeanne Gang said.
Project: Rapidly Deployable Inflatable Container housing
Client: New York City Office of Emergency Management
Architect: Viraline, New York—James Vira, Jason Cadorette
Structural Engineering: Dominic M. Cullen, Lanson Cosh
M/E/P Engineering: DVL Consulting Engineers
Computer Visualization: Brooklyn Digital Foundry
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