The Core-16 Shelter


The Core-16 Shelter

Bruce Shindelus Architect

A nationwide hybrid construction method of a mass produced prefab core unit, with DIY home expansion applications

Conceptual Idea Only


16 residents / 16 one-bedroom units

$13,750 / resident

Long-Term/Permanent (15+ years)

45 days offsite45 days onsite

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Concept Owner / Company: Bruce Shindelus Architect
Website: Linkedin

Homelessness is the tip of the iceberg of the lack of low cost basic shelter. The scope of the solution could be expanded by a new nation- wide hybrid construction method of a mass produced prefab CORE/ SITE built concept. The multiple sized hi-tech core would be able to capture space and attach to or be inserted into an existing space. It could be surrounded by low-tech walls, placed together or tilted up. The core would allow more use of land outside the range of existing infrastructure or placed as a seed to a new DIY house, clustered together in a natural disaster area.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $220,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 16 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $13,750
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 2,040 sqft (6 40′ Containers)
  • Quote Includes # Units: 16 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Not used as shelter yet
  • Readiness: Conceptual Idea Only
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: <90 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Moderate (prefab assembly)
  • % Built Onsite: 50% – Some Prefab Parts Assembled On-Site/Flat Pack
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Long Term/Permanent (15+ years)


Design AdvantagesI wanted to share this concept, even though it is outside the scope of the many off the shelf shelters that have been submitted.
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